Boris Achour (born in 1966 in Marseille, France. Lives and works in Paris, France) presents Games Whose Rules I Ignore, a series of concurrent films and of sculptures. The sculptures are games that involve inventing relationships—emotional, poetic, erotic or conceptual—between two people. Like go-betweens they are then deployed in the course of the accompanying films that are neither performance nor documentation but fictions centring on a game whose nature, aims and rules remain unknown to us.
Seen previous only at the 56th Venice Biennale, Games Whose Rules I Ignore, appear, like any relationship, as both continuation and fragment of something whose purpose and use are vital yet remain indeterminate.
Mel O'Callaghan (born in 1975 in Sydney, Australia. Lives and works in Paris, France) presents a new series of paintings – poured acrylic on glass canvas. Mel O’Callaghan’s practice continues to focus on transformation and transcendence through new material articulations of endurance and resistance. Curator João Silvério considers that in these processual paintings, ‘the body is a place of revelation/occultation of memories, of acts and celebrations’. After the performative moment of the pour, transcending the abyss, the process paintings continue to shift, breaching the borders between colours.
Simultaneous to her presentation at ARCO is her solo exhibition ‘Dangerous on-the-way’ at Palais de Tokyo 3 February – 8 May 2017. She is the 2015-16 Prix SAM laureate.