In 2016, Despacio’s Central Archive, located alongside the exhibition space, will plunge with relish into an ocean of paradox and possibilities, freed from the necessity of making sense. Newly comprised of artworks, correspondence and traces of happenings and actions, it will stand as a testament to an extraordinary freedom from convention.
Critical voices of reason will be deconstructed in pursuit of free thinking.
Pursuit of absence in three acts
While most archives are banished to remote corners of their institutions, Despacio’s archive shares center stage within the exhibition space. The archive will remain on display as such in three iterations, each for the course of one year and during which time its works will function similarly to memories in one’s mind. Offering a universe of entry points to engage and interpret the past, viewers will be encouraged to imagine what is yet to emerge.
Despacio realizará su búsqueda artística e intelectual de la ausencia en tres actos que se desarrollarán durante tres años:
Cada acto reúne exposiciones, acontecimientos y bibliotecas en residencia alrededor del tema, así como un archivo central, que es una colección de obras que se compilan cuidadosamente e incluyen objetos de arte físico, correspondencia y rastros de acontecimientos y acciones. En varias ocasiones durante el año, una selección de estas obras se activará en el espacio de exposición junto con el propio archivo.
It’s no secret that some moments slip away into the mental archive forever, while others vanish before we fully sense them. Despacio presents conceptual works spanning the past 40 years by artists who understand how to capture and create ingenious moments that inform our memories and provoke our deepest ruminations.
Sometimes it’s the small, silent moments that tell the story.
Our most fulfilling experiences connect us with what we are really searching for. They lead us to ask, what are we seeking when visiting an exhibition?
This question has generated many answers over time and remains significant today in an ever-changing world of influences and expectations. It is also all the more relevant to Central America, a region with limited outlets for exploring art beyond national museums.
It is the visitor’s responsibility to manage his or her expectations. Interpreting art requires time for personal contemplation. Conceptual artists inspire us to pay attention to fleeting moments, and we at Despacio feel those fleeting moments may give birth to stories, myths, and in some cases even new realities.
All of the works on display in No One Belongs Here More Than You playfully interpret moments in time. Sometimes they focus on the absence of something during a significant moment, and other times they suggest that the moment is indicative of something greater. Regardless of their differences, each artist activates the viewer’s imagination through his or her work by breathing new life into a handful of moments that will continue to inform what happens next.
Ultimately, we interpret and revisit artworks in the context of time, reminding us that great works of art are living things and exceptionally timeless.
The exhibition runs from March 3rd until April 24th 2016 at Despacio in San José, Costa Rica. (FB Event)