View from poster Your Country Doesn’t Exist in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, 2012
On facade, neon sign, Landið þitt er ekki til (Your Country Doesn´t Exist), 2011
The exhibition Under Deconstruction was first commissioned by the Icelandic Art Center for the Pavilion of Iceland at the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia- and curated by Ellen Blumenstein. Those projects are now on display at the National Gallery of Iceland. The exhibition explores existential and current socio-economic and political issues in Iceland and elsewhere, using video, performance, sculpture, sound, and music. It is a combination of newly conceived and ongoing projects, such as Constitution of the Republic of Iceland (2008/2011), Your Country Doesn’t Exist (2003, ongoing) and Exorcising Ancient Ghots (2011). On the building’s facade, a neon sign bearing the slogan “Your Country Doesn’t Exist” in Icelandic.
Installation-view of Who is afraid of red, yellow and you?, 2011
Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, invited by Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes, exhibit for the first time a selection of recent and past works in Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo CAAC, (Andalusian Contemporary art Center) under the title “Your Country Doesn’t Exist”. The exhibition takes place in Seville, Spain from 24th November until 12nd of February 2012.
Il Tuo Paese Non Esiste (Your Country Doesn´t Exist), 2011
The official Icelandic representation at the 54th International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia is the Spanish-Icelandic duo Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, whose collaborations explore the political, socio-economic, and personal forces that affect life in the present day. Their work, which has taken them to cities around the world, and often develops out of their personal interactions with people and places, can be characterized as an interpretation of culture and the complex relationships that compose it. The 2011 exhibition is organized by the Icelandic Art Center in Reykjavík, Iceland, under the commissionership of Dorothée Kirch, and is curated by Ellen Blumenstein. The Pavilion of Iceland is located in the former laundry house of the Palazzo Zenobio at the Collegio Armeno Moorat-Raphael in Dorsoduro.
Castro and Ólafsson’s exhibition for Venice, Under Deconstruction, unveils current sociopolitical issues in Iceland and elsewhere, using video, performance, sculpture, sound, and music interventions. It features: three new iterations of their ongoing project, Your Country Doesn’t Exist (2003-present); a music-video, Constitution of the Republic of Iceland (2008-2011), showcased within the pavilion and made in collaboration with the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service; as well as a sound sculpture, Exorcising Ancient Ghosts (2010), installed on the roof terrace of the pavilion.
Where Everything Is Yet to Happen
1st chapter: “Can you speak of this? -Yes, I can”
Curated by Ivana Bago & Antonia Majača
@ Institute for Duration, Location and Variables (DeLVe)
Co-curators of the ‘1st chapter’ exhibition:
Anselm Franke, Vít Havránek & Zbyněk Baladrán, Ana Janevski, Erden Kosova, Nina Möntmann, Jelena Vesić
Participating artists and projects:
Ziad Antar, Yane Calovski, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Ivan Grubanov, Nicoline van Harskamp (in collaboration with Thijs Gadiot), Dragan Nikolić, Slaven Tolj, Liu Wei, Judi Werthein (Ivana Bago & Antonia Majača, “Can you speak of this? –Yes, I can.”)
Florian Schneider, Eyal Weizman (Anselm Franke, Circles of Collaboration)
The Archive of Self-Management (Vít Havránek & Zbyněk Baladrán)
Yael Bartana, Danilo Kiš, Artur Żmijewski, Želimir Žilnik (Ana Janevski, If You Want, We’ll Travel to the Moon Together)
A.C.A.B., Ronen Eidelman, Aydan Murtezaoğlu (Erden Kosova, Stepping Sideways)
Yael Bartana, Esra Ersen, Sharif Waked (Nina Möntmann, We Hear You Speaking in Secret Dialects)
Lutz Becker, Chto Delat/What is to be done? (Jelena Vesić, The Future Is the Extension of the Past by Other Means)
The PRIX DE ROME.NL is the oldest Dutch ‘state’ prize for talented visual artists based in the Netherlands and under 35 years of age.
The jury of the PRIX DE ROME.NL 2009 consists of Kestutis Kuizinas (LT), Yael Bartana (IL), Jurgen Bey (NL), Bruce McLean (UK) and Barbara Visser (NL). The jury has selected a long list of ten artists out of 230 submissions. This long list will be shown at both Witte de With in Rotterdam and by de Appel in Amsterdam at the off-site location of the Westergasfabriek (‘Zuiveringshal Oost’).
Witte de With presents work by: Rossella Biscotti (IT), Nicoline van Harskamp (NL), Rob Hornstra (NL), Helmut Smits (NL), and Jasmijn Visser (NL).
De Appel shows (at the off-site location of the Westergasfabriek) work by: Maze de Boer (NL), Heidi Linck (NL), Ólafur Ólafsson i.c.w. Libia Castro, (IS / ES), Marc Oosting (NL), and Sara Rajaei (IR).
The PRIX DE ROME.NL 2009 exhibition has been curated by Sarah Farrar (de Appel) and Juan A. Gaitán (Witte de With).
The four finalists – Rossella Biscotti (I T), Nicoline van Harskamp (NL), Ólafur Ólafsson i.c.w. Libia Castro (IS / ES) and Sara Rajaei (IR) – made new work. On the basis of this work, the jury will grant the prizes of € 45.000, € 20.000, and the two awards of € 10.000.
Announcement on 28 May 2009 at the Westergasfabriek.
Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson
Galleria Riccardo Crespi – Via Mellerio 1, Milan
Preview 31 March 2009, 6:30 pm
31 March 2008 – 16 May 2009
Curated by Gabi Scardi
The Galleria Riccardo Crespi presents an exhibition by Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson: she from Spain, he from Iceland, they are a couple who have been working together since 1997. While exploring a wide range of media, they have lately begun using video as the main instrument of their artistic research.
The exhibition Liquid Frontiers is one of the main components of the Invisible Borders project displayed at Tri Postal in Lille within the wider Europe XXL Festival organized by Lille3000.
14.03. – 12.07.2009
Opening – March 14th 2009, 3 pm at Tri Postal, Avenue Willy Brandt, 59000 Lille, France
Participants: AES + F; Maja Bajevic; Pierre Bismuth; Libia Castro and Olafur Olafsson; Blue Noses; Pavel Braila; Luchezar Boyadjiev; Artistarh Chernishev; Nina Fisher and Maroan El Sani; Vadim Fishkin; Lise Harlev; Irwin; Oleg Kulik; Cristina Lucas; Deimantas Narkevicius; Carsten Nicolai; Vladimir Nikolic; Roman Ondak; Adrian Paci; Sean Snyder; Nedko Solakov; Monika Sosnowka; Krassimir Terziev; Clemens Von Wedemeyer.
Curator: Iara Boubnova
OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich
OK | BIENNALE CUVÉE
World Selection of Contemporary Art
27. February – May 15 2009
A project for LINZ 2009 EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE
Under the title BIENNALE CUVEE the OK Center for Contemporary Art in Linz/Austria presents a selection of artistic projects from the most important international biennials of 2008 with an emphasis on the Asian biennials in the selection. The exhibition offers an insight into the international art world and an opportunity for a condensed experience of contemporary art.
In addition to an exhibition in the OK itself, various locations and sites in the city of Linz will also be opened to present art projects. Both public and private institutions operate as partners here, making their facilities available and taking part in developing the contents of the project.
Nevin Aladag, Christopher Thomas Allen, Shaarbek Amankul, Alfredo Juan Aquilizan & Maria Isabel Gaudinez-Aquilizan, Zadok Ben-David, Lene Berg, Ursula Biemann, Beth Campbell, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Chieh-Jen Chen, Nina Fischer & Maroan El Sani, Petra Gerschner, Shilpa Gupta, Hans Haacke, John Jordan, Kuswidananto a.k.a Jompet, Dinh Q. Le with Hai Quoc Tran and Danh Van Le, Charles Lim Li Yong, Renata Lucas, Luigi Ontani, Wilfredo Prieto, Ki Bong Rhee, Andreas Siekmann, Taryn Simon, The Yes Men, José Angel Toirac, Su-Mei Tse, Klaus Weber, Julita Wójcik, Cheng-Ta Yu, Wang Zhan, Ki Jong Zin
Curated by Manray Hsu and Martin Sturm, in Kooperation with Franz Prieler (Energie AG) and Elfi Sonnberger (AK OÖ)