SOL CALERO – LA SAUNA CALIENTE
feat. Blunt x Skensved, Conglomerate, Rubén D´Hers, Trevor Good, Cristian Guardia, Hanne Lippard, Dafna Maimon & Érika Ordosgoitti
23 | 10 | 2016 — 15 | 01 | 2017
Venezuelan artist Sol Calero has developed a multiform practice to explore cultural codes and image production in Latin America. In combination with objects and props Calero transforms exhibition venues into vibrant and immersive domestic spaces in the form of hair salons, salsa studios, cyber cafés, film sets, and sites for creative exchange. While referencing Latin American art history as well as influential historical moments, it is this continuous unfolding and reformulating of prevalent cultural stereotypes that form the center of her inquiry.
For her first institutional solo exhibition in Austria, LA SAUNA CALIENTE, Calero continued those inquiries within a new site-specific installation in the KUB Collection Showcase. By inviting the audience to immerse themselves in a seductive, spa-like relaxation scenario Calero inscribed her work in the regional landscape of Vorarlberg as a site for sports, body and wellness culture, while at the same time dismantling the complexities of Latin American identity constructions.
Additionally presented contributions by Blunt x Skensved, Conglomerate, Rubén D´Hers, Trevor Good, Cristian Guardia, Hanne Lippard, Dafna Maimon, and Érika Ordosgoitti not only further complement Caleros explorations, but turn her solo exhibition into a container for other artists’ work. Among others, Desde el Jardín, a telenovela written and directed by Calero and artist Dafna Maimon, and produced in collaboration with Conglomerate, will be featured for the first time in its full length in the relaxation room of LA SAUNA CALIENTE.
Curated by Eva Birkenstock in collaboration with Lidiya Anastasova.