Artissima Turin - Booth Light Blue 5 | 2 - 5 November 2023
At Artissima 2023, Copperfield's joint presentation with max goelitz (Berlin, Munich) presents recent works by Rebeca Romero (1982 Peru), Oscar Santillán (1980 Ecuador) and Lou Jaworski (1981 Poland) in a dialogue around materiality, technology and tradition.
While all three artists work across media, each practice is routed in the sculptural and the material using unusual components and processes. It is perhaps surprising then that the digital plays a core role for the artists, with all three using technology like 3D modelling in their processes. At the same time, tradition and technology meet in each practice in different ways.
In Rebeca Romero's 3D printed sculptures and algorithmically rendered video works, western interpretative texts of Pre-Columbian and Pre-Peruvian objects from museology are reimagined to provide the original objects a new future.
Oscar Santillán recalls older technologies like that of the Wardian Cases developed for transporting exotics plants by European empires. These form part of the inspiration for his Andean Information age series that ranges from an AV tech reworking of the traditional case structure with apocalyptic movies used in place of light to sustain the plants inside, to a series of paintings that use machine learning to frustrate the way the West has categorised and defined the natural world in order to own or sell it.
Conversely all 3 artists use technology to plan and make works that connect to ancient cultures. All engage critically and reflectively with these different inputs but none are motivated by direct political agenda, preferencing a more poetic, humanistic approach to considering our history.
With support from Mondriaan Fonds
Rebeca Romero's practice spans sculpture, textiles, writing, sound and performance. She creates objects, texts and installations that challenge the dominant historical narrative of the clash between Indigenous and European cultures.
Recent and upcoming projects include the acquisitons from Officine Grandi Riparazioni and Fondazione CRT Turin (Italy), Kenophobic Pantomimes, Below Grand, New York
(USA), and south open, OHSH Projects, London (UK), and her inclusion in the Phaidon publication 'Latin American Artists: From 1785 to Now' (2023).
To read her full CV please click here.
Oscar Santillán is interested in connecting distant points: the sweat of a person with the beat of drums, paper made out of a medicinal tree with Nietzsche’s typewriter, or bringing together the breeze displaced by a running jaguar and a marble container.
Recent and upcoming projects include A Heavy Halo, a solo exhibition at RADIUS, Delft (the Netherlands), the HoltSmithson Foundation’s The Island Project: Point of Departure, along with Tacita Dean, Renée Green, Sky Hopinka, Joan Jonas between 2021 and 2026. He has also been commissioned projects by the Yokohama Triennial (Japan), Ballroom Marfa (USA), Bienal de Arte Paiz (Guatemala), Laboratorio de Arte Alameda (Mexico), and the Eli and Edithe Broad Museum (USA).
To read his full CV please click here.