Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Búrca, "Estás vendo coisas/You are seeing things", 2016, video still Bárbara Wagner

Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Búrca screen “Rise” for the first time

(Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin, USA)

The first edition of FRONT International, the Cleveland Triennial of Contemporary Art, opened last Saturday, July 14th, and is on view until the end of September. Spread across over 15 museums and cultural institutions located in Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin, the event features works by over one hundred US-based and international artists at all points in their career.

PIPA Prize 2018 winner Bárbara Wagner is one of them, as well as Marlon de Azambuja, nominated for the Prize in 2016. Wagner will be presenting three works made in collaboration with her longtime partner Benjamin de Búrca at the Transformer Station, where the Film Program (see the schedule here) will be screened: “You are seeing things” (2017), “Set to Go” (2016) and “Rise” (2018). The latter, filmed in Toronto earlier this year, was developed while Wagner was at her three-month residency at Residency Unlimited, New York, as part of her PIPA Prize award. This is the first public screening of the film, a portrait of a group of poets and musicians in the underground spaces of Toronto’s new subway extension.

Marlon de Azambuja, in his turn, will present an installation titled “Brutalismo”, especially commissioned by FRONT International and produced during a two-week period at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where it is currently on view. The work is composed of materials gathered in and around Cleveland, emphasizing the sprawling city’s sometimes overlooked physical makeup, and is representative of one of the main goals of the Triennial: to present museums and exhibitions as places for a nuanced conversation about the difficult issues and concerns in society.

Marlon de Azambuja’s installation “Brutalismo–Cleveland”, created on-site at the Cleveland Museum of Art as part of FRONT International / Image courtesy Cleveland Museum of Art and taken from the FRONT International website.

“FRONT International – Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art: An American City”
On view from July 14th through September 30th, 2018
Various venues
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