The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary (Part 2)

16 Wilfredo Prieto

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

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.

1 install Kovanda and Alys

2 Francis Alys

Francis Alÿs, Untitled, Study for a Story of  Deception, 2004

3 Martin Soto Climent

Martín Soto Climent, Huevocado (which came frst el huevo or the avocado?), 2002

4 Darren Bader

Darren Bader, Untitled, 2015

5 Install Climent Bader Preito MCFB

6 Kirsten Pieroth

Kristen Pieroth, The Practice of  Everyday Life, 2014

7 install Climent Pieroth Wurtz

8 Jiri Kovanda detail

Jiří Kovanda, Necklace, 2007 (detail)

10 Install Climent MCFB Bader

11 Install Climent da Anda Prieto

12 Marie Cool Fabio Balducci

Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Untitled, 2001

Courtesy of the artist and Marcelle Alix, Paris

13 Install Climent Bader de Anda

14 Install Climent Da Anda Pieroth Wurtz

15 Install Climent Pieroth Wurtz

16 Wilfredo Prieto

Wilfredo Prieto, Miren el tamaño de este mango (Look at the size of  this mango), 2011

17 Install Climent Pieroth da Anda Prieto

18 Marie Cool Fabio Balducci

20 Install Climent De Anda Pieroth Wurtz

21 Install Climent MCFB Wurtz

22 Paola de Anda

Paola de Anda, Cada lunes a las 7 am o la soledad del corredor, 2014

23 B. Wurtz

B. Wurtz, Untitled (Clock), 2012-13

24 Install Darren

25 Install Darren

26 Install Darren