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Curatorial text by Jose Ruiz #thisistomorrow

EXHIBITION/CURATORIAL STATEMENT   “I think the most effective forms of critique are ones that establish a common ground for people to occupy, and then appeal to the best nature of people on that common ground.” –Mohsin Hamid   #thisistomorrow is a relevant title for a set of visuals, texts and actions describing the current state of local and global affairs. It deflates the present through the lens of the many hardships associated with real change. Tomorrow may not be much different than a present that is flocked with turmoil, political mediocrity, corruption and poverty—all intertwined with violence and the misinterpretation of power. #thisistomorrow also candidly implies what we, or the next generation, will inherit. As dismal as this reality is, it also creates a space where artists and thinkers can creatively re-imagine a different future. An optimistic tomorrow is perhaps a society that has not fully reduced language and communication to the will of technology. Another tomorrow is hopefully a society where policy can be generated from the street corner or cul-de-sac. If the obvious …

The Veras: Family Constellations

The Veras: Family Constellations 2015 duration 6.28 min A slapstick inspired portrait of the ‘Vera family’ shot at the home of artist Rafael Vera. Commissioned for his show ‘The Moments Between’ – curated by Jessica Cochran – to amplify or animate the following ideas, each of which are crucial and deeply embedded in Vera’s work: family life, death, the specter, the commons. Leenaars responded to this tight knit family, the nr of chair present in Vera’s house and his favorite book ‘The Little Prince”, after all: ” The important thing is what can’t be seen…” Starring: Rafael, Rachel, Santiago, Luisa Vera and Francisco Quinones Camera: Paul Deuth For more on the show The Moments Between: http://www.colum.edu/adgallery/

Boulevard Dreamers

BOULEVARD DREAMERS LISE BAGGESEN & KIRSTEN LEENAARS Opening & Live Performances: Saturday, August 31st from 6-10 pm From August 31st till September 21st 2013 Lise Baggesen and Kirsten Leenaars explore how we are moved by the agency of desire and the magical allure of being in the spotlight. In a collaborative work created for the Franklin they investigate the ways in which cultural practices and the media stage their subjects and thus form positions for their audiences. The dialectical situation of labor versus art, the personal versus the political, the individual versus the group, professional versus amateur, portrait versus landscape, song versus story, are articulated, enacted, staged, and, ultimately, performed. Boulevard Dreamers questions and celebrates the production of self in a society dominated by one spectacle alone: desire. In a collaborative work created for the Franklin they investigate the ways in which cultural practices and the media stage their subjects and thus form positions for their audiences. Performances from different disciplines and neighborhoods throughout Chicago are participating during opening night, including: Re-birth, Marvin Tate, Najwa …

Homeland of Gestures at Glass Curtain Gallery

Homeland of Gestures explores how gestures get passed on a translated, from generation to generation, from body to body, medium to medium, and how the meaning of these gestures depends on the context or the way they are performed. The work is currently part of the show Embracing the FARB: Modes of Reenactment. Folding Within You Without You is an intimate, poetic study of the last ten years of Leenaars’ grandmother’s life and relationship between her and her mother. At the same time this work questions how do we capture the gestures that sustain time, that are passed on that express both knowledge and love? What do the remaining gestures mean? The creation and embodiment of gestures and projections we confer upon them are an inherent part of the subject matter of this piece. This video, Homeland of Gestures – Annotations, is a response to Folding Within You Without You. Both are part of a series of work titled: Homeland of Gestures. Homeland of Gestures – Annotations are translations of gestures some derived from Folding Within You Without …