Artists: Paola de Anda, Francis Alÿs, Darren Bader, Jiří Kovanda, Kirsten Pieroth, Wilfredo Prieto, Martín Soto Cli- ment, B. Wurtz, Lin Yilin
Exhibition title: The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary
Curated by: Fabiola Iza and Chris Sharp
Venue: Lulu, Mexico City
Dates: March 14 – April 14, 2015 (Part 2)
Photography: Courtesy of Lulu, Mexico
Lulu is proud to present The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary.
Loaded with double and even triple entendres, the title literally says it all. A Slight Gestuary seeks to function as a kind of reliquary of slight gestures, which is also in and of itself, inevitably slight (mindful of the mathematical impossibility of any kind of exhaustive or encyclopedic presentation of the “slight gesture,” the exhibition can but adumbrate the vast multitudes to which the title alludes). In other words, the theme of the exhibition is: small gestures, big impact. These gestures could be either quite humble, in so far as the physical art work they produce is characterized by a marked material economy, or they could be slight in so far as the gesture, also slight and local, ac- crues a historical significance which ultimately wields a much larger, and even international impact. Perhaps no historical artist better embodies, or better yet, defines these parameters than the Czech artist, Jiří Kovanda. His actions from the ’70s are a case in point. Enacted for the camera or a very small audience in the streets of Prague, Kovanda carried out a series of works, which ranged from hiding from passersby, to turning around on an escalator and staring at people, to executing a series of choreographed gestures which were indistinguishable from everyday gestures. Since being po- pularized in the west, these minor works of poetic protest have accumulated a broad international appreciation, while also retrospectively nuancing the oppressive context from which they issue. For all their initial simplicity, they are incredibly complex pieces whose depth and complexity have only deepened, matured, ramifying outward, over time.
A Slight Gestuary pairs living, established and emerging artists with historical artists and instances. Given the size of Lulu (9 square meters) and the ambition of the exhibition to be comprehensive, rather than exhaustive, it will necessarily take place in three successive installations. Each iteration in the space will be accompanied by the online publication of a historical archive, featuring work which consists of documentation (of the original gesture), as opposed to the work itself.
Thus, contrary to the expansionism that currently dominates almost every aspect of contemporary art, A Slight Gestuary proposes a radical modesty, examining its many implications and celebrating its overall economy.
Part 1: February 7 – March 8
Zarouhie Abdalian, Fernanda Gomes, Jiří Kovanda, Jenine Marsh, Gabriel Orozco, Chantal Peñalosa, Tania Pérez Córdova, Goran Trbuljak, Karin Sander
Part 2: March 14 – April 14
Paola de Anda, Francis Alÿs, Darren Bader, Pierre Bal-Blanc, Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Jiří Kovanda, Kirsten Pieroth, Wilfredo Prieto, Martín Soto Climent, B. Wurtz
Draft Score For An Exhibition (2010) by Pierre Bal-Blanc will be presented throughout the day of the opening at 2, 3, 4 and 5 pm.
Part 3: April 18 – May 17
Robert Barry, Isaac Contreras, Simon Gabriel Greenberg, Matt Hinkley, Roman Ondak, Yoko Ono, Goran Petercol, Ana Roldán, Ana Santos, Lin Yilin
Billy Apple, Graciela Carnevale, Ulises Carrión, Lygia Clark, Eduardo Costa, Christopher D’Arcangelo, Marcel Duchamp, Koji Enokura, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Greco, Hi Red Center, Tehching Hsieh, Stephen Kaltenbach, Yves Klein, Jiří Kovanda, Lee Lozano, Cildo Meireles, Lotty Rosenfeld, Seth Siegelaub (Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, and Lawrence Weiner) Mladen Stilinovic, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina, La Monte Young.
The archive may be consulted during the period of the exhibition at http://aslightgestuary.tumblr.com
The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary is curated by Fabiola Iza and Chris Sharp.
A performance program, curated by Sophie Goltz, will run throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Artists: Mariechen Danz, Christian Falsnaes, Adam Linder, Johannes Paul Raether, Susanne M. Winterling.
Additionally, a catalog, featuring textual contributions by Sophie Goltz, Fabiola Iza and Chris Sharp, will be published and internationally distributed by Mousse publishing.
Francis Alÿs, Untitled, Study for a Story of Deception, 2004
Martín Soto Climent, Huevocado (which came frst el huevo or the avocado?), 2002
Darren Bader, Untitled, 2015
Kristen Pieroth, The Practice of Everyday Life, 2014
Jiří Kovanda, Necklace, 2007 (detail)
Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Untitled, 2001
Courtesy of the artist and Marcelle Alix, Paris
Wilfredo Prieto, Miren el tamaño de este mango (Look at the size of this mango), 2011
Paola de Anda, Cada lunes a las 7 am o la soledad del corredor, 2014
B. Wurtz, Untitled (Clock), 2012-13