05/06 – 09/24/2017

Sol Calero. Agencia Viajes Paraíso

Due to her nomination for the Preis der Nationalgalerie parts of {LANG:Sol Calero's:sp} exhibition have been demounted ahead of schedule for the show in the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.
For this reason, until 24th of September the admission price is reduced to 2 € or 1 €, respectively.

The issues of history and respectively cultural history play an essential role in the work of Sol Calero (1982 in Caracas, Venezuela), who moved to Berlin a couple of years ago after spending her childhood in Venezuela and studying art in Spain and Great Britain. How does cultural representation and appropriation work, especially between Europe and Latin America? What is attributed by one culture to the other and what implications do these ascriptions have for art and society? With her paintings, sculptures, and installations and in a very playful manner, a kind of tongue-in-cheek love for Caribbean colors, Calero evokes thoughts about clichés, ascription, and prejudice as well as gender roles and migration. She describes herself as “political without being explicitly political”.

Sol Calero presents everyday social spaces—like the hair salon, the internet café, the exchange office or the dancing school—in extensive installations that often deal with traveling as well as migration and the connection of different cultures. In that regard, an important aspect of her work is to breathe life into those rooms during the exhibition by involving visitors with public performances. For the latter she integrates local associations and professional groups with their specific interests and skills in order to celebrate them together with the visitors.

Image: Agencia Viajes Paraíso, 2017, Installation view Kunstpalais, Erlangen, Copyright the artist, Courtesy of Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, Photos by Kilian Reil

Vernissage: 05.05.2017