STEVENSON is pleased to present Alexander Apóstol's Yamaikaleter as part of the FOREX series.
Since the 1990s, Apóstol has been concerned with investigating the impact of modernism and the failure of its utopian project on contemporary cities and society in Latin America, with a particular focus on architecture. Underlying this is an interest in political ideology and discourse, which comes to the fore in the video piece Yamaikaleter (2009). The work uses as its basis Simón Bolívar's Letter from Jamaica, a document written in English in which the Latin American leader set out his political ideals. Apóstol writes:
The legacy of the Letter from Jamaica ... has frequently been adapted to suit any political tendency and is here read aloud by leaders of various political groups in an improvised municipal office. As they do not understand or speak English, the reading becomes a visible parody born by the charisma of amateur leaders. Their empty verbosity, the populist promises or the nationalist inclinations turn into inescapable principles of political messianism.
Yamaikaleter showed at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011) as part of the IILA Latin American Pavilion.
Alexander Apóstol was born in Venezuela and lives and works between Madrid and Caracas. Recent solo shows have taken place at MUSAC (Museum of Contemporary Art in Castilla y León), Spain (2010, accompanied by the artist's first monograph, Modernidad Tropical), Galeria Distrito 4, Madrid (2010); Arratia+Beer Gallery, Berlin (2010); Harvard University, Boston (2007) and Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami (2006). Group shows include The End of Money at Witte de With, Rotterdam (2011); Photographic Typologies at Tate Modern, London (2010-11); Atopia: Art and the City in the 21st Century at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (2010); Painting in the Glass House: Artists Revisit Modern Architecture at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut (2008); Islands+Ghettos at NGBK, Berlin (2008); and The Tropics: Views from the Middle of the Globe at the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, and Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin (2008-9).
The exhibitions open on Tuesday 25 October, from 6 to 8pm.
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