Carlos Garaicoa

Carlos Garaicoa, I Don’t Want to See My Neighbours Anymore (I), 2006. Courtesy of Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid.

You Are Now Entering _______

Inbal Abergil, Carlos Garaicoa, Alfredo Jaar, Miguel Martin, Locky Morris, Carlos Noronha Feio, Roman Ondák, Amy Yao, Carey Young, among others

02.06.2012 - 28.06.2012

Curated by: Miguel Amado

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry is pleased to announce the exhibition You Are Now Entering_____. This show presents works by a diverse set of established and emerging artists from around the world, including participants from Northern Ireland. Artists in the exhibition are Inbal Abergil; Chen Chieh-jen; Carlos Garaicoa; Shilpa Gupta; Alfredo Jaar; Kiluanji Kia Henda; Miguel Martin; Locky Morris; Carlos Noronha Feio; Roman Ondák; Amy Yao; Carey Young; and Carla Zaccagnini. The show is curated by Miguel Amado and draws on his ongoing research into the imagination of Northern Ireland that has been carried out through an experimental curatorial residency with CCA Derry~Londonderry.

You Are Now Entering_____ analyses the conflict society that marks current times. The conflict society emerged from perpetual war, the political logic of late capitalism. In this circumstance, new formations of sovereignty develop by transcending the rule of law in the name of public good, thus establishing a state of exception in both foreign relations and the homeland that challenges the status of citizenship. Strife is no longer characterised exclusively by military engagement; it encapsulates more and more other situations of disruption, including urban violence, migratory fluxes and mass protest. In the conflict society unrest is global: from the streets of London to Tahrir Square in Cairo; from the U.S.-Mexico border to the waters of the Mediterranean Sea; and from the Syrian Desert to the mountains of Afghanistan.

The title of this show is borrowed from the slogan that signals the Free Derry Corner, a square in the Bogside neighbourhood of the city that symbolizes opposition to British rule in Northern Ireland. However, by eluding the words “Free Derry”, it also refers to the original expression: “You Are Now Entering Free Berkeley”. This catchphrase appeared on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley within a free-speech campaign at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Furthermore, by bearing an unfilled blank, it suggests that this statement has resonance elsewhere. It is through such allegorical impulse that the Northern Irish context is approached in the exhibition, as the works on view evoke or allude to themes that have local significance yet speak to universal subjects.

You Are Now Entering_____ addresses the visual culture of the conflict society by considering key issues of discord across multiple contentious histories and uneven geographies. The featured artists investigate the iconography of dissent by examining the aesthetic potential of the archetypical signs of antagonism: monuments; shrines; murals; flags; walls; and checkpoints. The selected works also survey the ideological landscape in which they manifest themselves: imperialist enterprises; nationalist claims; and revolutionary traditions, including tactics of resistance to sovereignty and strategies of community empowerment against security policies.

big&SMALL, Wall Drawing Workshop with artist Miguel Martin, Sunday, June 3rd, 2-4pm, at the Carnivale of Colours, St. Columb’s Park 

Join us for a two-hour wall drawing session with Miguel Martin, currently showing in exhibition. Martin will run a drop-in workshop teaching participants to get creative when thinking about scale at a custom-built outdoor gallery wall in St. Columb’s Park. The workshop is free and open to people of all ages.

The Carnival of Colours International Festival is set to engage children and adults alike in a world of wonder.

 

Biographies

Inbal Abergil is an artist who was born in Israel in 1976 and currently lives and works in New York City, USA.

Chen Chieh-jen is an artist who was born in Taiwan in 1960 and currently lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan.

Carlos Garaicoa is an artist was born in Cuba in 1967 and currently lives and works in Madrid, Spain, and Havana, Cuba.

Shilpa Gupta is an artist who was born in India in 1976 and currently lives and works in Mumbai, India.

Alfredo Jaar is an artist who was born in Chile in 1956 and currently lives and works in New York City, USA.

Kiluanji Kia Henda is an artist who was born in Angola in 1979 and currently lives and works in Luanda, Angola.

Miguel Martin is an artist who was born in Northern Ireland in 1985 and currently lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Locky Morris is an artist who was born in Northern Ireland in 1960 and currently lives and works in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Carlos Noronha Feio is an artist who was born in Portugal in 1981 and currently lives and works in London, UK.

Roman Ondák is an artist who was born in Slovakia in 1966 and currently lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Amy Yao is an artist who was born in the USA in 1977 and currently lives and works in New York City, USA.

Carey Young is an artist who was born in Zambia in 1970 and currently lives and works in London, UK.

Carla Zaccagnini is an artist who was born in Argentina in 1973 and currently lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil.