The Outsider Art Fair, the premier fair dedicated to exhibit self-taught Art, Art Brut and Outsider Art, celebrates its 8th Paris edition between October 21-30. In tandem with the online fair is a special exhibition organized by former Pompidou curator Alison M. Gingeras. Entitled «Sexual Personae», the show examines archetypes of womanhood that are deeply embedded in Western culture
For Aparicio, rubber itself exudes the symmetry between the commodification of indigenous material culture and the exploitation of Latin American countries for labor and resources. Restored to its natural function, it also suggests a salve: dressing the wound, repairing the broken, displaced, and dispossessed. Throughout «Espinas Amorosas/Loving Thorns», entwined threads lead back and forth between El Salvador and Los Angeles, relays along which Aparicio is a spore.
Drawing on images taken from Instagram, YouTube, image databases, and other online sources, Gina Beavers creates thick, tactile paintings that capture, in deeply visceral ways, the curated and often superficial nature of our digital lives. Her recent series of sculptural paintings are based on body painting, social media snapshots of food, make-up tutorials, memes, and bodybuilder selfies.
Mouches Volantes presents «Sexual Healers TV», a solo exhibition by Will Fredo about sex work, created as a proheaux art channel dedicated to body politics. Through the artist’s research on the sex industry in the Americas and interviews and performances with two sexual healers, the semi-sci-fi video installation addresses an intersection of topics, including sex workers’ subjectivities and rights, technology as a tool for democratizing pleasure, Black trans body politics, decolonizing sexuality, among others. Thanks to Will Fredo for sharing his thoughts about this work with us
In Ryan Brown’s allegorical proceedings, the void and not the profusion of elements; the realism and not the collection of symbols, are the ones that, through estrangement tactics, produce weightlessness and at the same time, distancing, in the face of a constellation of aesthetics that modernism, at the time, treasured, as a flight into the future.
Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York (CCNY) presents a solo exhibition by Joiri Minaya (Dominican Republic/United States,1990), a multi-disciplinary artist whose recent works focus on destabilizing historic and contemporary representations of an imagined tropical identity through an exercise of unlearning, decolonizing and exorcizing imposed histories, cultures and ideas.
In the 1920s, the scholar of art and culture Aby Warburg (1866-1929) created his «Bilderatlas Mnemosyne» tracing recurring visual themes, gestures and patterns across time, from antiquity to the Renaissance and beyond to contemporary culture. Viewing pictures in this nonlinear way, with no accompanying text and outside of a museum, was radical 100 years ago. This is what makes this Atlas so relevant over time, even more so today. HKW, in Berlin, presents an exhibition where all 63 panels of the Atlas are reconstituted for the first time from Warburg’s original, multi-colored images.
For Esvin Alarcón Lam, a young artist coming of age in present-day Guatemala, both his country’s and his own social, geographical and historical vantage points serve as the same points of departure for his creative practice. In the digital, ever-connected present, these perspectives serve Alarcón Lam as an impetus to mine both the physical and intangible traces of the past, its vestiges increasingly being covered over. This is not only to prevent a loss of history, but also a way to write his story, and the story of those who didn’t have a voice, within it.
Bergamin & Gomide and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel present «AAA – Anthology of Art and Architecture», an online exhibition curated by Sol Camacho, urbanist, architect, Principal at RADDAR Architecture, and Cultural Director of Instituto Bardi / Casa de Vidro. The show features more than 100 works by Brazilian artists, architects and designers, proposing a reflection on the social function, methods and history of architecture.
The Museum of Sex in New York presents «On Abortion: And the Repercussions of Lack of Access», Laia Abril’s first-ever solo show in the US, displaying her career-long research exploring the debate over abortion restriction worldwide. In Abril’s words, abortion has become “a political matter, rather than a question of rights.”