Tuesday 29 May, 7pm


Tuesday 29 May 2018, 7pm
UKS, St. Olavs gate 3, Oslo

ARTISTS’ INSTITUTIONS is an ongoing series of talks about the reasons, means, and rationales of experimental institutions that are modeled in new ways around contemporary artistic practices. On Tuesday 29 May at 7pm, writer and independent curator Chris Sharp will talk about the project space Lulu, which he runs in Mexico City together with the Mexican artist Martin Soto Climent.

How do you build a coherent program in one of the smallest spaces in one of the largest cities in the world? How do you preserve a deliberate modesty and economy among the ever expanding noise and spectacle of contemporary arts? And how do you maintain professional and curatorial integrity in a neoliberal paradigm? “Draw a straight line and follow it” is an instruction-based composition from 1960 by the artist composer La Monte Young; this directive also serves as Lulu’s operating motto. These are just some of the questions and issues Chris Sharp will address in his presentation of Lulu.

Chris Sharp (US, 1974) is based in Mexico City, where he runs Lulu. He recently curated Dwelling Poetically: Mexico City, a case study at The Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2018) and The Lulennial II: A Low-Hanging Fruit at Lulu, Mexico City (co-curated with Andrew Berardini), and is currently preparing La promesse du bonheur at Le Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (2018), as well as New Zealand’s 2019 pavilion at the Venice Bienniale (co-curated with Dr. Zara Stanhope) with the artist Dane Mitchell. As a writer, his work has appeared in many online magazines, publications and catalogs.

Images from UKS MINIBAR #10. Photo: Jan Khür

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