On undisciplined bodies: notes on nudity, urban space, and civic demonstration

On April 20th of this year, during one of the dozens of demonstrations against Nicolás Maduro’s government in the last months, 27-year old Hans Wuerich undressed before a group of National Bolivarian Police officers. Bible in hand, he managed to climb one of the police tanks; he descended after exchanging a few words with the officers, his back covered in pellet shots. Then he walked home, still naked, and his family healed his wounds (or so Hans himself told Climax magazine). Professional and amateur photographs abound in protests –at least in Caracas–, so in a matter of minutes the images of Hans raising his arms and waving his Bible were on everyone’s screens.

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ArchivoAbierto: Carlos Zerpa Archive at Abra Caracas (09/2016)

Some pics from a visit to ArchivoAbierto, Venezuelan artist Carlos Zerpa‘s “Open Archive” at Abra Caracas gallery. The exhibit includes press clippings, photographs, collage works, posters, and other documents that sum up Zerpa’s work and interests between 1969 and 1997. My favorites were definitely the flyers and zines (the powers of a Xerox machine, yes!). Zerpa had a playful approach to performance and video that, oddly enough, comes across in a much more relatable way (for me) in the design of his printed works. I also want to commend the work of ArtEncontrado, the producers. Artists of Zerpa’s generation, who are … Continue reading ArchivoAbierto: Carlos Zerpa Archive at Abra Caracas (09/2016)

Deletion | Blurriness | Incompleteness at the Prix Canson Show (The Drawing Center)

This year’s winner of the Prix Canson (the Jury of which was presided by the late Brazilian artist Tunga) was Njideka Akunyili Crosby. However, my favorite pieces from the Canson show at the Drawing Center were those of finalists ruby onyinyechi amanze, Bethany Collins, and Lucy Skaer. Most of their works share themes of erasure and incompleteness; I found that very taking and it resonated with some recent fixations on my end. This is also a good opportunity to suggest bookmarking and playing around with The Deletionist [©2013 Amaranth Borsuk, Jesper Juul and Nick Montfort] in your browser 🙂 [Photos taken by me] Continue reading Deletion | Blurriness | Incompleteness at the Prix Canson Show (The Drawing Center)