CONDO MEXICO CITY
Hosting GALERIA JAQUELINE MARTINS
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros
In Charbel-joseph H. Boutro’s work invisibility is charged with intimate, geographical and historical layers, finding poetic lines that extend beyond the realm of existing speculations and realities. Being born in the middle of the Lebanese war, his art is not engaged in an explicit political and historical reflection, but is more accurately haunted by it.
Immediate space is turned into an interface where distinct pieces come together to generate complementary interrelations, mirror effects and overlaps. His work further reflects the performative character of his stripped-down installations, its power to act upon the cognitive, sensorial and affective domains. They are primarily centered on the experiential, on offering the visitor the possibility to encounter immersive situations which meddle and engage with perception, memory and evocation. The longing for what is missing and the attempt to supply it are recurrent topics in his practice. Because of the fragmentary and open-ended nature of Boutrosʼ work, viewers are encouraged to create their own narratives and mental images. By modulating the display and proximity between stark, yet highly allusive pieces, he explores analogies and oscillations between visible and invisible; as well as the interrelationships between presence and absence, tangible and volatile.
Charbel-joseph H. Boutros (Mount Lebanon, 1981. Lives and works between Beirut and Paris) was a resident at the Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; he was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie, the Netherlands. His work has been shown in international venues, such as: The 12th International Istanbul Biennial, Untitled, Turkey; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; 3rd Bahia Biennial; 1st Yinchuan Biennial, China; 104, Paris; MAM-BA Museum of Modern Art, Salvador, Brasil; CCA Warsaw, Poland; More Konzeption Conception Now, Morsbroich Museum, Germany; LAM, Museum of modern and contemporary art Lilles; Beirut Art Center, Lebanon; Frieze, London; Maraya art center, Sharjah; Marres, the Netherlands, Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam, Grey Noise, Dubai, Jaqueline Martins Gallery, Sao Paulo, LISTE 19, Basel , Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah. His permanent installation ‘Sueur d’etoile’, created with the French étoile dancer Marie-Agnes Gillot, inaugurated in June 2016 and remains on view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France. Boutros’ works are in the collections of CNAP, Paris, France and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE.
GALERIA JAQUELINE MARTINS (Sao Paulo) is a space for research, documentation and presentation of contemporary artistic production. It proposes collaborative curatorial strategies that foster dialogue between different generations and different cultural perspectives. One of its guiding principles is the encouragement of research-oriented conceptualist practices characterized by critical, even subversive, approaches.
CONDO takes its name from ‘condominium’ and is a large-scale collaborative exhibition of international galleries. Host galleries share their spaces with visiting galleries – either by co-curating an exhibition together, or dividing their galleries and allocating spaces. The initiative encourages the evaluation of existing models, pooling resources and acting communally to propose an environment that is more conducive for experimental gallery exhibitions to take place internationally.