Spanish Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition—la Biennale di Venezia


The work L’Inadeguato, Lo Inadecuado, The Inadequate by the artist Dora García will be presented in the Spanish Pavilion, curated by Katya García-Antón, in the forthcoming edition of the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, which will run from the 4th June to 27th November 2011.

The artist proposes a single piece, an extended performance for the Pavilion, which is organized by the Secretary of State for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, through the Directorate of Cultural and Scientific Relations of the AECID and with the support of Spanish Cultural Action (AC/E).

Dora García proposes a single piece titled L’Inadeguato, Lo Inadecuado, The Inadequate, an ensemble performance that will evolve constantly throughout the six months of the Biennale and involve nearly seventy participants. The performance will be accompanied by a publication and a guide to the performance and make use of a series of objects and documents that will be presented to the public in archive format.

In the artist’s own words, “The Inadequate aims to replace the idea of exhibition with that of occupation, the idea of an artist’s show with that of a theatre of exhibitions, the idea of a national pavilion with a pavilion known to a specific country and its history.”

The concept of inadequacy to which the title refers is perfectly explained by the following words by Erving Goffman in Encounters (1961): “to be awkward or unkempt, to talk or move wrongly is to be a dangerous giant, a destroyer of worlds. As every psychotic and comic ought to know, an accurately improper move can poke through the thin sleeve of immediate reality.”

In the curator’s words: “In the Spanish pavilion, García proposes the project L’Inadeguato, Lo Inadecuado, The Inadequate, which literally refers to the feeling of inadequacy that the artist felt with regards to her role in the complex environment of the Biennale and the Spanish Pavilion in which she had been invited to participate. In this light, García draws on the sociologist Erving Goffman’s thesis on inadequacy. The project consists in a single work: ‘an extended performance’ that will take place throughout the duration of the Venice Biennale and that, as she explains, underlines the ‘violent fragility of everything we consider adequate. It is a form of dissidence, of escaping from the centre. The Inadequate responds to the need not to meet expectations, of not being what is expected of one’.

For the artist, the concept of inadequacy extends beyond the realm of art and enters into that of social taboo. The Inadequate pursues a comprehension of marginality as a conceptual approach to creativity, with political and economic as well as social ramifications. Here marginality is considered a political position within art practice, and inadequacy a need to distance oneself from the prevailing cultural discourse.”

The Inadequate is an artwork of joint authorship, which from the outset has involved a group of artists, art critics and writers, with Dora García playing the part of initiator and host.

Organized by the Secretary of State for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, through the Directorate of Cultural and Scientific Relations of the AECID with the support of Spanish Cultural Action (AC/E), L’Inadeguato, Lo Inadecuado, The Inadequate will have a website which will track the development of the project: www.theinadequate.net

 

Spanish Pavilion

54th International Art Exhibition

La Biennale di Venezia

Inauguration: 4 June–27 November 2011

Giardini della Biennale
Castello 30122
Venezia

 

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