rirkrit tiravanija in - we are many: experiments in collectivity
Curated by Fernanda Pitta, Amanda Arantes, and Jochen Volz
In an interview in Artforum in 1969, Joseph Beuys stated, “To be a teacher is my greatest work of art.” Arguably, Beuys’s most lasting lesson was that artists’ practices should explore the ways in which collectivities are constituted; this position informed his experiments in “social sculpture.” So what would it mean to belong to the “Beuys school” today? Is it productive to continue such a tradition? This upcoming show in São Paulo will depart from these questions, bringing works by Beuys across different media together with pieces by about ten others who were never his students but might be considered part of his academy, such as Brazilian contemporary artists Vivian Caccuri, Maurício Ianês, and Monica Nador, the renowned Cuban artist Tania Bruguera, and the Argentina-born leader of relational aesthetics Rirkrit Tiravanija. A highlight will be the beautiful wall hangings made by participants in Nador’s stenciling workshops—as well as the forms of collective engagement that this new generation of work will invite.
— Caroline Lillian Schopp