THUS I SPOKE

Curated by Michelangelo Miccolis (IT)

With Dora García (ES), Krõõt Juurak (EE), Cally Spooner (UK), Christodoulos Panayiotou (CY) and Adriana Lara (MX)

THUS I SPOKE is a performance series which brings together a selection of recent proposals by a number of internationally renowned and emerging artists characterized by the presence of the artist himself, or his/her stand-in, as the activator of the work. Using unique devices and different formats of presentation, yet all resisting to notions of spectacle and the use of elaborate stage theatrics, the five performances in the programme will take place episodically over the course of the fall season.

THUS I SPOKE aims to reconsider the positioning of both the artist and the audience in regards to one another, to investigate the latent hierarchies at the core of this mutable and ongoing relationship as well as the constant renegotiations which are inevitably triggered within it in the name of knowledge and sharing of experience.

Biographies

Michelangelo Miccolis (*1981 in Mexico-City/MX)

Miccolis is a performer and performance producer. Since 2005 he has worked internationally with renowned artists like Tino Sehgal (Venice Biennale, 2005; Fondazione Trussardi, Milan/2008; Tate Modern, London/2012; Palais de Tokyo, Paris/2016), Romeo Castellucci (On world tour, 2007-2009), Dora García (Venice Biennale, 2011/2015), Christodoulos Panayiotou (Venice Biennale and IUAV University, 2015) and Cally Spooner (Serpentine Galleries, London/2017).  Since 2016 Miccolis is head of the performance programme at the Material Art Fair in Mexico-City. Currently he is working together with writer Ingo Niermann and artist Dora García on the project «The Army of Love» and organized the performances in «Life in the Folds» by Carlos Amorales in the Mexican Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017.

Dora García (*1965 in Valladolid/ES, based in Oslo/NO and Barcelona/ES)

currently teaches at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Norway, and at the HEAD in Geneva. She is co-director for Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers in Paris. Her work is largely performative and deals with issues related to community and individuality in contemporary society, exploring the political potential of marginal positions and paying homage to eccentric characters and anti-heroes. She has exhibited her work at numerous international events.
Shows (selection): 54th, 55th and 56th Venice Biennale (2011, 2013 and 2015); dOCUMENTA 13 (2012); 29th São Paulo Biennale (2010); 16th Sydney Biennale (2008); Münster Sculpture Projects (2007).

Krõõt Juurak (*1981 in Tallinn/EE, based in Vienna/AT)

is an artist and performer whose work comprises of performances for human and non-human audiences, presentations, texts, workshops, mood shifts and conflicts. She has presented her work in a variety of forms at venues in Europe and elsewhere.
Shows (selection): CAC Vilnius; CAC Geneva, Tallinn Art Hall; Tanzquartier, Vienna.

Cally Spooner (*1983 in Ascot/UK, based in Athens/GR)

is the author of the novel Collapsing in Parts, published by Mousse in 2013 and is recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award in 2013 and of the Future Generation Art Price in 2014. Her recent solo exhibitions include «And You Were Wonderful, On Stage», Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016); «On False Tears and Outsourcing», The New Museum, New York (2016); «The Anti-Climax Climax», Bielefelder Kunstverein (2015). Her recent live productions have been presented at Tate Modern, London (2014); Tate Britain, London (2014); the High Line, New York (2014); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2013); and Performa 13, New York (2013). Spooner’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum (2015); REDCAT, Los Angeles (2015); Frieze Projects, London (2015); Kunstverein München (2014); Frieze Projects, New York (2014); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2013); and the Serpentine Galleries, London (2012).

Christodoulos Panayiotou (*1978 in Limassol/CY, based in Limassol/CY)

Panayiotou’s wide-ranging research focuses on the identification and uncovering of hidden narratives in the visual records of history and time. Solo
exhibitions of his work have been held, inter alia, at the 56th Venice Biennale, The Cyprus Pavilion; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Kunsthalle Zürich; Casino Luxembourg; CCA Kitakyushu; Museum of Contemporary Art, St Louis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig; Centre d’Art Contemporain de Brétigny; and at Point Center of Contemporary Art, Nicosia. His work was also shown in a number of group exhibitions including: the 13th Sharjah Biennale; dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel; 8th Berlin Biennale; 7th Liverpool Biennale; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museion, Bolzano; Migros Museum, Zürich; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Ashkal Alwan Center for Contemporary Arts, Beirut; Artist Space, New York; MOCA North Miami.
Jean Capeille (*1989 in Paris/FR, based in Paris/FR) is a professional dancer.

Adriana Lara (*1978 in Mexico City/MX, based in Zurich/CH)

finished her studies at UNAM in Mexico City and one year in Paris at the postgraduate programme of the Palais de Tokyo. She co-founded the non-profit production bureau Perros Negros in Mexico City, curating exhibitions and publishing a magazine called Pazmaker, parallel to her own artistic practice.
Shows (selection): Kunsthalle Basel; Utah Museum of Fine Arts; Algus Greenspon Gallery; Air de Paris Gallery; House of Gaga, Mexico; dOCUMENTA 13; MOCA North Miami and Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco.