April 20, 2009 - Casa Daros - For You / Para Usted
April 20, 2009

For You / Para Usted

Lázaro Saavedra
Yo pienso (I Think), 2005
4:54 min, b/w, sound
Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich
Photo: Zoé Tempest, Zürich

The Daros Latinamerica Tapes and Video Installations

April 25 – September 6, 2009

Opening and refreshments
Friday, April 24, 2009 at 7 pm

Löwenbräu-Areal, Limmatstrasse 268
8005 Zürich, Switzerland
T +41 44 447 70 00


Artist’s Talks (in English)
Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 4 pm
Hans-Michael Herzog in conversation with Clemencia Echeverri,
Miguel Angel Ríos, Teresa Serrano, and Javier Téllez.

Opening Hours
Thursday, 12 pm to 8 pm
Friday – Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm
Closed on May 1, 2009
During Art Basel also open on June 8 and 10, 2009, 12 pm to 6 pm

Guided Tours
Every Thursday at 6 pm (excluding April 30, 2009)

The exhibition’s title, For You / Para Usted, is drawn from a video by Liliana Porter, an Argentine artist living in New York. The show features 35 works on video, including large installations, by 22 artists, all from Latin America. All works date from the last 12 years. The artists are between 33 and 73 years of age and hail from Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Panama, Colombia, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Although most of the videos have a relatively short running time, it would take 5 hours and 40 minutes to view them all in their entirety. The works are distributed throughout the exhibition in such a way as to allow them to repeatedly allude to one another, and thus to provide topics of discussion. This in turn sets in motion a reciprocal process of discovery, and invites the viewer to enter into a stimulating interaction with the works on show.

It goes without saying that the limited space forbids all of the video works in the Daros Latinamerica Collection to be exhibited. Nor can we provide an encyclopedic survey of Latin America’s entire video production; we merely hope to offer a glimpse at the continent’s contemporary scene. In addition, we take great care to present the individual works as faithfully as possible, so that both the videos and their creators are shown to their utmost advantage.

The video works on show are solid and of universal value, accessible, original, high-quality, and possessed of a clear internal dramaturgy. Their technological spectrum is broad, from recording techniques that are putatively ‘primitive’ to the highest production standards. As a consequence, we exhibit the most diverse range of formats and presentation forms, all carefully planned, with nothing left to chance.

From simple documentation of a performance through comics and advertising all the way to cinematically complex narratives, every conceivable genre and iconography, no matter how idiosyncratic, has its place. The videos render accounts of the everyday, of the social, political, philosophical, neurotic, violent and sensual. They are metaphorical, self-reflective, provocative, absurd, drastic, ironic, lyrical, and much, much more besides: they offer us images that do not simply move, but which move us as well.

List of Artists:

Mauricio Alejo, Juan Carlos Alom, Lenora de Barros, Donna Conlon, Ximena Cuevas, Clemencia Echeverri, Claudia Fernández, Regina José Galindo, Alfredo Jaar, Jorge Macchi, Teresa Margolles, Priscilla Monge, Oscar Muñoz, Liliana Porter, Miguel Angel Ríos, Miguel Angel Rojas, Lázaro Saavedra, Martín Sastre, Teresa Serrano, Santiago Sierra, Melanie Smith and Javier Téllez.


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