Illusion Brought Me Here & Five Feet High and Rising

    18/05  | 20:30

€ 12 / € 9

Illusion Brought Me Here is the first major solo exhibition of Mario García Torres in Belgium. On this occasion, the Mexican artist presents his own abridged version of a retrospective: a new sound piece entitled Silence’s Wearing Thin Here, composed of voices and soundtracks from his earlier works. García Torres unravels untold or ‘minor’ histories, with a predilection for avant-garde art and music from the 1960s and 70s. He recreates historical exhibitions and completes unfinished artworks, often blurring original and reenactment, past and present. He engages in dialogues with enigmatic and radical figures that were mainly active before he was born, such as the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers and the American-born Mexican composer Conlon Nancarrow. About four years ago, García Torres stopped dating his works, which include filmic, sculptural and painterly installations and performances. In so doing, he undermines the narrative of an oeuvre and career as a progressive evolution over time. García Torres will give a lecture, entitled Five Feet High and Rising, in les ateliers claus, showing his interest in how rivers connect people and places. His audio-visual presentation is punctuated by listening sessions, meandering between popular songs and riverscapes, correlating sound and flow as carriers of meaning and memory.

Exhibition Illusion Brought Me Here | WIELS
16.05 opening 18:30-22:00 with a conversation between the artist and Caroline Dumalin at 19:30

17.05–18.08 Exhibition
Tickets for sale at WIELS

With a ticket for Rehab Training by Geumhyung Jeongh you have access to the exhibition Illusion Brought Me Here on the same day.

A lecture by: Mario García Torres

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, WIELS, les ateliers claus
Production: WIELS
In collaboration with: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, les ateliers claus, Walker Art Center (Minneapolis)

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Mario García Torres is an artist currently living in Mexico City. Over the past twenty years, his work has questioned the stability of such concepts as time, memory, image, and the very essence of the artist’s role in society. An artist deeply interested in uncertainty and counter-narratives, his work blurs the space between fact and fiction through research and a wide range of storytelling strategies. His previous solo exhibitions include Caminar Juntos (Let’s Walk Together), Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2016); An Arrival Tale, TBA21, Vienna (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); Until It Makes Sense, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2013); and ¿Alguna vez has visto la nieve caer?, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2010). He has also participated in Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017); Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016); Berlin Biennale 8 (2014); Bienal do Mercosul 9 (2013); and Documenta 13 (2012).

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