In this area of the museum we feature the work of contemporary Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American visual artists.
Luis Camnitzer is an award-winning artist, writer, curator and Professor of Art at State University of New York. Born in Germany, raised in Uruguay, and living in New York since 1964, he has worked both at the centre and the periphery. Luis Camnitzer’s work, ranging from print to installation, has appeared in numerous exhibitions since the early 1960s, including the Biennials at the Whitney Museum, Venice, São Paulo, as well as Documenta 11.
Camnitzer’s work is in the permanent collections of several museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires; Museo Universitario, Mexico; Museu de Arte Contemporânea, São Paulo and the Tate Modern, here in London.
He is the author of New Art of Cuba (2003), Conceptualism in Latin American Art: Didactics of Liberation (2007), and On Art, Artists, Latin America, and other Utopias (2009).
Modelling Standard is the first collaborative project of Mexican artists Jorge Satorre and Erick Beltrán. It takes as a point of departure the radical historiographic turn introduced by Carlo Ginzburg in the 1970s.
The project was curated by Catalina Lozano, from Gasworks, in collaboration with Luciana Martins and Carmen Fracchia, Director of the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS) at Birkbeck, and FormContent. It comprised a period of research, including meetings with CILAVS academic staff, a one month residency at Gasworks, an exhibition at FormContent, and a seminar and this online exhibition at CILAVS. The partnership with CILAVS allowed the artists to expand the scope of their research through the dialogue with academic staff and the use of library resources.
This project is a collaboration amongst Gasworks, FormContent and CILAVS. It has been supported by SEACEX (Sociedad Estatal para la Nación Cultural en el Exterior), AECID (Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo) and LCACE (London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange).