Alexandre Vogler, "Tridente de Nova Iguaçu", 2006 (© João Laet/Agência O Dia)

Law in question in “Dura lex sed lex”, featuring 31 Latin American artists

(Rosario, Argentina)

The law may be harsh – but it’s the law. The Roman maxim from 300 a.D. (in the original, “Dura lex sed lex”) may name the exhibition that the Centro Cultural Parque España opens tomorrow, September 1st, as part of Bienalsur, but don’t be fooled: its curators, Juliana Gontijo and Raphael Fonseca, couldn’t be more against it. The paradoxical title hopes, on the contrary, to question such a logic in a Latin American context where the police and the judicial system have been more and more criticized for the arbitrariness of their actions.

With pieces that date all the way from the 1960s to contemporaneity, the exhibition features 31 artists from Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panamá and Brazil – including PIPA Prize nominees Filé de Peixe Collective, Lourival Cuquinha, Anton Steenbock, Alexandre Vogler and Gustavo von Ha – to highlight the power and possibilities of the artists to publicly articulate political and juridical debates. On view, works that debate the very notion of the law.

Crack Rodriguez, for example, recorded how he ate his ballot paper up in the last presidential elections – a small rebel act for which he pays the price to this day. Three-times nominated for PIPA Prize, Lourival Cuquinha, in turn, remembers when he accidentally stole an Oiticica parangolé from the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio). The group show will also bring some of its participants to Rosario to develop their works, like PIPA Prize nominees Anton Steenbock and Filé de Peixe. While Steenbock will present a fake real estate project for Rosario, Filé de Peixe will perform an action in which it sells famous videoartists’ pirated DVDs in the city streets.

The exhibition thus intends to showcase an alternative place for utopia – dura lex sed lex, but fortunately there still are places to dream of different laws. Check some of the works featured in the exhibition below:

“Dura lex sed lex”, featuring 3NÓS3, Adrián Balseca, Alexandre Vogler, Aníbal López, Anton Steenbock, Cildo Meireles, Coletivo Cateaters, Coletivo Filé de Peixe, Crack Rodriguez, Edwin Sanchez, Federico Manuel Peralta Ramos, Gaspar Nuñez, Graciela Carnevale, Gustavo von Ha, Habacuc Vargas, Hélio Oiticica, Horacio Abram Luján, Jhafis Quintero, Joãosinho Trinta, Lourival Cuquinha, Luciana Lamothe, Luisa Ungar, Márcio Almeida, Narda Alvarado, Pedro Victor Brandão, Raphael Escobar, Regina José Galindo, Rodrigo Etem, Rodrigo Moya Moreno, Yoshua Okón and Willyams Martins
Curated by Juliana Gontijo and Raphael Fonseca
Curatorial Assistance by Ludimilla Fonseca
On view from September 2nd through October 21st, 2017

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