“Atopía”, group show that starts next Tuesday, August 15th, at MAC Lima, asks 18 artists – including last year’s PIPA Prize winner Paulo Nazareth and 2011 Finalist Jonathas de Andrade – to reflect on the gaps between the “topos” and the “átopos”, the space and the “non-space”. It is thus negotiating concepts such as “place” and “place of birth”, origin, heritage, and cultural ambiguities, that these pieces are brought together, all of them belonging to the Austrian institution TBA21, founded by Francesca von Habsburg.
“Atopia” literally means “without a place” or “out of place”, expressions that can have double meanings. Although what is “atopic” may be regarded as a deviation from the norm, something that, thanks to its peculiarities, is to be excluded or expelled, it can also signify, on a better note, a kind of originality, of specialness. This double standard is a nice way to start thinking about how artists can deal with the ideas of place, geography, migration, translation and, finally, the crossing of national, social and cultural borders. The exhibition also dedicated itself to show how changing political and economic realities have created new stories about places, and how their stories have unleashed the urge to document the rapid transformation process set in motion by new “continental shifts.”
“Atopia”, group show by Allora & Calzadilla, Jonathas de Andrade, Taysir Batniji, John Bock, Monica Bonvicini, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Mario García Torres, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Thomas Nordanstad, Mathilde ter Heijne, Sanja Ivekovic, Brad Kahlhamer, Los Carpinteros, Paulo Nazareth, Rivane Neuenschwander, Walid Raad, Alex Rodriguez, Santiago Roose, Paul Rosero, Allan Sekula, Do Ho Suh
On view from August 15th through November 26th
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