Saturday April 13, 2013 7:00pm LA><ART 2640 South La Cienega Blvd.
This one-hour program presents the moving image of international artists Pilvi Takala and Ahmet Öğüt. The onsite event will be followed by a discussion with audience members, the artists and LA><ART curator-at-large, Matthew Schum.
Our retrospective look will feature the following works by each artist:
Ahmet Öğüt Oscar William Sam Somebody Else's Car Things We Count Let It Be Known to All Persons Here Gathered EyeWriter/DIY/arbakir Guppy 13 vs Ocean Wave: A Bas Jan Ader Experience http://www.ahmetogut.com/
* Image courtesy of Ahmet Öğüt; artwork commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial. ** Image courtesy of Pilvi Takala, Galerie Diana Stigter and Carlos/Ishikawa.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS Ahmet Öğüt: (b. 1981, Diyarbakir, Turkey) Lives and works between Berlin, Istanbul and Amsterdam. Öğüt recently completed a year-long residency at the Tate and the Delfina Foundation to develop the ongoing project The Silent University (2012). Öğüt solo exhibitions include the Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart; SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul; Fondazione Giuliani, Rome; Artspace Visual Arts Centre in Sydney and Kunsthalle, Basel. Selected group exhibitions include the 7th Liverpool Biennial; the 12th Istanbul Biennial; the 4th Moscow Biennial; Performa 09 and the 5th Berlin Biennial. He is winner of the 2010 Europas Zukunft prize from Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig (GfZK), the 2011 Volkskrant Art Prize, and 2012 The Special Prize of the Future Generation Art Prize. Öğüt represented Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale with Banu Cennetoğlu.
Pilvi Takala: (b. 1981, Helsinki, Finland) Graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006 (MFA), was artist-in-residence at Rijksakademie, Amsterdam 2009-2010 and won the Dutch Prix de Rome 2011. Her solo exhibitions include Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Künstlerhaus Bremen; Kunsthalle Erfurt, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Turku Art Museum; Kunsthalle Lissabon; Sorlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway. Her work has been shown in New Museum, New York; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Kunsthalle Basel; De Hallen Haarlem; Wiels, Brussels; 4th Moscow Biennial; Witte de With, Rotterdam; 4th Bucharest Biennial; 5th Berlin Biennial; 9th Istanbul Biennial and Kunsthalle Helsinki.
This film and video work focuses on clandestine communities founded in 1970s Bogotá by revolutionaries. Guided by a system of gnostic truths that consolidated their vision, these cellular groups applied their hermetic values in shared living situations. Their everyday reality consisted of physical and mental exercises that expressed their commitment to the collective and a way of life was intended to prepare them for the coming revolution.
Traveling between Bogotà and the jungle, La Estrategia establishes a mirror community of youth in Colombia. On the basis of family folklore collected by the artist, he and his actors immerse themselves in the spirit—and occasional absurdities—of a former, more militant generation. The new group stalks their predecessors in a series of staged actions and kinetic artworks that attempt to reconstitute the past. A visual journal unfolds in vignettes made-up of asynchronous passages anchored in half-truths, historical fiction and actual events. La Estrategia searches for traces of individuals that can only be approached by seemingly futile experiments in collective action and a blind willingness to narrate a story that will inevitably remain incomplete. In this sense, the work investigates how quickly partisan ideals transform while still imposing their influence.
“The strategy” seen in the footage tests how method relates to historical encounter and the provisional materials a micro community may use to mark the past.
Film screening will begin promptly at 7:30 PM
Public parking is free on La Cienega after 7 PM. About the Artist
Ivan Argote was born in Bogota in 1983. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. Argote creates scenarios in his art that blend rebellion and absurdity. “My works are reflections on the way we behave and how we understand our environment and how our immediate surroundings relate to history, tradition, art, politics and power,” Argote says of his work. He has presented solo exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, CA2M, Madrid and D+T Project, Brussels. The artist was included in the 30th Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil, along with his partner, Pauline Bastard.