“solid surface”: Annika Kahrs at Galeria Joan Prats

From 28 May until 24 July 2015, Galeria Joan Prats in Barcelona, Spain, is to host “solid surface”, the first exhibition dedicated to German artist Annika Kahrs in Barcelona, bringing together the artist’s most recent video works. Kahrs primarily works with film, performance, and photography. She is interested in both social and scientific constructs, as well as evolved organic relations between humans and animals, which she examines through films that lie somewhere in between documentary and fiction. For solid surface, with hills, valleys, craters and other topographic features, primarily made of ice — her latest video work about the dwarf planet Pluto, which she filmed in a planetarium with a projected starry sky as a backdrop. The video Sunset-Sunrise will also be presented, a work in which visitors becomes viewers of a projected sunset that slowly dissolves into real sunlight, as the blinds in the room are raised. In études cliniques ou artistiques, Kahrs films a woman doing gymnastic exercises. It is the artist herself who is giving the performer the precise instructions that she must adopt, inspired by photographs from the Parisian psychiatric hospital, la Salpêtrière. Kahrs therefore unmasks the medium of photography, unveiling its crucial role as a staging tool. Annika Kahrs was born in 1984 in Achim, Germany, and currently lives and works in Hamburg. She has been awarded a number of prizes and scholarships including the George-Maciunas-Förderpreis in 2012. In June 2015, she participated in the fifth edition of the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary...

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Swab Barcelona programme of events

International contemporary art fair Swab Barcelona is to hold its eighth edition from 1 to 4 October in the Italian Pavilion of Fira Barcelona, Spain. The eighth edition of the fair will host 70 galleries from around the world, focusing on emerging contemporary artists born after 1975. This year’s fair will include a diverse programme of events, including the Swab forum, organised in collaboration with Amsterdam’s de Appel arts centre and the MACBA, in which alumni of the de Appel arts centre curate an exhibition of eight artists; Solo Swab, directed by Direlia Lazo and Carolina Ariza, which will present works by Latin American artists, with a particular focus on documentary-related practice; a space dedicated to local Barcelona-based galleries, organised by David Armengol; and Actividad Contemporánea, directed by Mónica Álvarez Careaga, which will exhibit individual projects by eight artists, tracing the development of the traditional medium of drawing. Finally, Juan Canela will organise a programme of performances and interventions to take place during the fair. Several prizes will also be awarded during the fair, including the Best Gallery Award by the Banco Sabadell Foundation, the MANGO Young Artist Award, the DVK Serguros Spanish Artist Award, the Best Catalan Artist Award by the Fundació Lluis Coromina, the Photography Award, the dea Art by Marset, and the Collection Diezy7 Drawing...

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Photographic works by actress Jessica Lange at Arts Santa Mònica

Until 28 June 2015, the centre Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona is to host an exhibition of photographic works by Hollywood actress Jessica Lange, entitled “Unseen”. The actress, primarily known for her role as the beautiful ingenue that bewitched a humongous gorilla in the 1976 remake of King Kong, is exhibiting 150 photographs taken during her travels across the United States and Mexico over the past 20 years. In black and white, taken with a Leica M6, Jessica Lange’s works recall the work of Diane Arbus. The artist also emphasises their timelessness by carefully avoiding dating them. Born in 1949, Jessica Lange received a bursary in 1967 to study art and photography at the University of Minnesota. She abandoned her studies four years later to study mime and comedy in Paris. It was in the 1990s, when her companion, author and actor Sam Shepard, gave her a Leica M6, that Jessica Lange reestablished her photography. Her acting career reached its peak in 1995 when she received an Oscar for Best Actress for Blue Sky, by Tony Richardson. The photographic work by Jessica Lange has notably been exhibited at Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York and at ROSEGALLERY in Los...

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Loop Barcelona 2015

The fair Loop Barcelona is to open its doors from 4 until 6 June 2015 at the Hotel Catalonia Ramblasà in Barcelona, Spain, attracting enthusiasts of video art. A festival is to take place alongside the fair, from 28 May until 6 June 2015, which is to move around several different places in Barcelona. The fair is to host 45 galleries that are to present solo projects by contemporary video artists. This selection was carefully chosen by a committee composed of collectors Isabelle Lemaître, Josée and Marc Gensollen, Haro Cumbusyan, and Renée Drake, as well as the event’s director, Jean-Conrad Lemaître. Many artists who will be presenting their works at this fair will be participating in their first international exhibition. This will be the case for the following artists: Janet Biggs, Fabien Charuau, Hoël Duret, Bertrand Lamarche, Claudia Larcher, Jacco Olivier, João Onofre, Katarzyna Kozyra, Ulrich Polster, Dominik Stauch, Isabel Rocamora, Eulàlia Valldosera, Puck Verkade, and Richard T. Walker, among others. Alongside the fair, Loop Studios is to organise a large programme of discussions and private professional meetings. This programme, which is to take place over three days, is to mainly follow the theme “Beyond Objects? A debate on Engaged Attitudes towards Collecting”. The people who will be participating in this include: Erika Balsom, Haro Cumbusyan, Benjamin Cook, Elizabeth Dee, Henry Lydiate, Jean-Conrad and Isabelle Lemaître, Angel and Clara Nieto, Sandra Terdjman, Miguel Rios, Alain Servais, and Lori Zippay, among many...

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MACBA’s Director Bartomeu Marí resigns

MACBA’s Board of Trustees has accepted Director Bartomeu Marí’s resignation following the censorship of the exhibition “The Beast and the Sovereign”. The board will immediately initiate an international open competition with a committee of experts for the selection of the new director. Having called an emergency meeting following the events, MACBA’s Board of Trustees also confirmed that it is to terminate with immediate effect the responsibilities of the Chief Curator, Valentín Roma, and the Head of Public Programmes, Paul B. Preciado, due to an irrecoverable loss of trust in their work on the part of the director. Both had been appointed to these positions on 13 January 2015. Joan Abellà, Chief Executive Officer of the MACBA Consortium, has also handed in his resignation. Bartomeu Marí has worked for the MACBA for his eleven years, the last seven of which he served as Director. Marí’s resignation will not be put into effect until a new appointment has been made in order to ensure the ordinary functioning of the Museum and the normal development of the 2015 exhibition...

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