SOLIVAGANT is pleased to announce
A Portrait of Sovereignty, a solo show by Adrián S. Bará.
Curated by Humberto Moro.
The work of Adrián S. Bará (Mexico City, 1982) examines the spheres of cinematography and advertising, exploring how images come to be produced, distributed and absorbed. He uses sculpture, collage and photography to highlight the particularities and procedures implicit within image production: what is concealed, revealed or altered in the picture. S. Bará often utilizes production paraphernalia such as stands, screens and lights in order to consider the potential these objects hold to become something other than they are.
A Portrait of Sovereignty, is a site-specific project for SOLIVAGANT which combines sculptural elements with video. The installation draws upon Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up (1966), which discusses the modalities of image capture and the political differentiations sparked by the content of the image. S. Bará appropriates and intervenes a scene from the film wherein an intricate choreography between camera, photographer and photographed opens up questions concerning who is performing for who. S. Bará wishes to contest the forms of dominion underlying authorship, and moreover to question the responsibilities implicated in the production of visual information and the contractual relations between images and individuals.
A Portrait of Sovereignty will be open for walk-ins and by appointment. Artworks are on view daily from 9am to 7pm through the Gallery’s window. Documentation of exhibitions can be accessed 24/7 online at solivagantnyc.com.
Adrián S. Bará (b. 1982, Mexico City, MX) Lives and works between Guadalajara and New York.
He studied Film Studies at the Capilano College in Vancouver, Canada. He has shown extensively in Mexico, recent projects include: Reconstrucción[Reconstruction] curated by Abraham Cruzvillegas at Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Le Palais at Páramo Galería, Guadalajara andAmerican Cinema at Travesía Cuatro gallery in Guadalajara. In 2012 he was a resident at Casa Vecina in Mexico City, presenting the project Rock and Roll. He was awarded in 2016 with theFondo Nacional Para La Cultura y Las Artes (FONCA) grant for emerging artists.
Humberto Moro (b. 1982, Guadalajara, MX) is a curator and writer based in New York. He is a 2016 MA candidate from the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard). Currently he is Director/Curator at Colección Diéresis in Guadalajara. He was Collection Coordinator and Assistant Curator at the Jumex Foundation. He founded and directed the independent space Humo from 2007 to 2010 doing more than 30 exhibitions and talks. His recent projects include Forms of Otherness by Mario Navarro at ISCP in New York, Witness of the Century at the Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ) in Guadalajara, and Measuring the Distance at Casa Encendida in Madrid.
Solivagant is a Contemporary Art Gallery and Project Space of exactly 79 square feet located in the heart of the Lower East Side of New York City. It presents a program of sculptural installations, multimedia performances and site-specific projects set to ignite a new narrative around themes of cultural nomadism, contamination of productions and hybridism of ideas. A platform for experimentation of contemporary practices, Solivagant invites artists to work site-responsively, via architectural interactions and dynamic installations that reflect a minimalist and post-minimalist attitude.