Delfina Foundation

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler

London: 24/09/15 — 20/12/15

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler’s work spans filmmaking, installation, drawing, publishing and curating. The artists draw influence from critical moments of change, protest and debate.

This includes an accumulation of works entitled The Museum of Non Participation (2009-present). This fictional museum foregrounds 'non participation' in order to contest contemporary terms, conditions and thematics of participatory art as social practice. Launched in 2009 as an Artangel commission The Museum of Non Participation proposes non participation not as a negation, but as a threshold. Non participation is argued through their accumulating body of work as “the tension between the necessity of participating alongside the simulatenous need to withdraw, including the question as to how this withdrawal can be made visible”.

The resulting Museum extends the institutional critique of its title into exploring its capacity to operate as a place, a slogan, a banner, a performance, a newspaper, a film, an intervention, an occupation: situations that enable this museum to ‘act.’ These ‘acts’, focusing on conditions of inequality, power, privelege and (non) participation, led to its nomination for Artes Mundi 6 (2014/15), a prize dedicated to visual arts engaging with the human condition. Forthcoming, the Sydney Biennale (2016) will focus and exhibit the Museum of non Participation as one of its 7 global themes.

 

Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.
César lives and works in Mexico.

César Martínez’s work tackles the diverse economic, social and cultural tensions that Mexico has faced in the last decades. Departing from the logic of provocation, criticism and uncertainty, and displaying humorous appropriations of language’s conceptual ambivalence, César employs multiple supports to tackle complex topics. From installation and sculpture made of edible materials to performance and conceptual objects he explores social malaise in the face of a frustrating system, the defeat of the institutions, globalization and the submission of the Mexican government to U.S. dictates among others subjects.

 

César has done over 200 performances in International venues, and has also participated in many conferences and round tables. His work is in important art collections such as the Carsten Norman in Germany, Fundació Sorigué in Spain, Colezzione “La Gaia” and Associazione Prometeo in Italy, MUCA UNAM, and various private collections in the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates, among others.

 

Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.

 

César lives and works in Mexico.