Friday, 15 July 2011


bamboo free standing wall

obsidian and wood sticks, pink table and golden coconuts

copy of a chair designed by Luis Barragan and Clara Porset, painted pink and transformed into a table, golden coconuts on top and to the side

coconuts with golden square, an homage to Mathias Goeritz golden monochrome painting at Luis Barragan's house

obsidian mirror

semi transparent mask with add on Micky Mouse nose and folded and ironed flags in the background

palm tree inside the space, growth limited by the ceiling, or maybe palm tree becoming a column

spiral, palm treee, and projection of drawings done using Adolfo Best Maugard's method

palm tree meets ceiling

Ana Roldan's computer drawings done using Adolfo Best Maugard's method, slide projection

Pablo and Ana's computers on top of pink chair/table during 'A Conversation that becomes something else...

Ana's screen saver and photograph of Barragan during 'A Conversation that Becomes Something Else'...

Ana Roldán: Forms of Contemplation, Ideal Forms in Compositions
Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
1 July - 11 September 2011
Ana Roldán’s exhibition Forms of Contemplation, Ideal Forms in Compositions in the Lichthof of the Badischer Kunstverein is the first solo exhibition in Germany of the artist born in Mexico, now living in Switzerland. Roldán will combine several of her works from recent years with new pieces for this exhibition. The artist works with such diverse formats as photography, sculpture, video, installations and performance. She is especially interested in processes of Modernism and questions revolving around identity and nation.

For the exhibition at the Badischer Kunstverein Roldán has designed a spatial installation, in which she integrates various references in both form and content to the cultural history of Mexico, but she modifies them so that they become comprehensive and exemplary, purposely undermining the notion of national affiliation and identity. In the work Latinamerican Flags, for example, the flags of Latin American countries are abstracted into an art work, as they are folded behind glass and presented in frames, so that suddenly their formal structure and color become more convincing than their symbolic significance.

Two protagonists of Mexican cultural history are central to Roldán’s exhibition at the Kunstverein: the Mexican architect Luis Barragán and the Mexican artist and film director Adolfo Best Maugard. The artist devotes special works to both of them, while their concept of art influences the overall arrangement of the presentation at the same time. Barragán’s architecture exemplifies the history of Modernism in Mexico, conjoining initially quite contradictory elements, whereby modern forms are confronted with a more conservative association with nature, folkloristic objects and a profound religiousness. This hybridity between Modernism and tradition is taken up by Roldán’s sculpture Barragán. Adolfo Best also drew from Mexican folk art for his drawing methods, combining elements from it with modern and rational forms. His method is based on the seven motifs of the circle, the semi-circle, the line, the S-line, the wave, the zigzag and the spiral, which he discovered as essential structures in nature. In the slide projection Ideal Forms in Compositions Roldán prepares drawings of her own according to this system.

Symbols or forms that might commonly be called authentic or stereotype become elements of a different 20th century in the exhibition. They are marked less by homogeneity, but rather by numerous breaks, contradictions, mixed identities and nations.

Ana Roldán (born 1977 in Mexico City) lives and works in Zurich.

Special Event:
Thursday, 14 July 2011, 7 pm A Conversation That Becomes Something Else Conversation/Performance with Ana Roldán and Pablo León de la Barra a conversation about the legacies and reinterpretations of Adolfo Best Maugard and Luis Barragan that hopefully ends up becoming something else....

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