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In the Age of Information\, actual reality has been su pplanted by virtual reality\, computer simulation\, and false narratives. S ince the concept of utopia is based on the improvement of reality\, the dis appearance of the real also signals the end of utopia. Without Reality There Is No Utopia illustrates this premise by examining false narrati ves that masquerade as truth\; the collapse of Communism in the 1980s\; the current financial crisis\, which heralds the demise of Capitalism\; the co ntradictions inherent in geopolitics\; and the explosion of democratic upri sings around the world. The exhibition includes work by more than two-dozen international artists\, and features works of photography\, video\, drawin g\, painting\, collage\, and more.

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The exhibition is organized into two asymmetric sections that consider shifts in global political realities.

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Description of the Lie
In this first section\, the artists focus on how truth has been replaced in the media by false narratives created to hide covert operation s or secret crimes. German artist Wolfgang Tillmans’ work reproduces actual false information published by the print media under the common umbrella o f "the truth"\; Spanish artist Dora García exposes the inner workings of th e East German Stasi\, which operated as a society within society\; and Dani sh artist Lene Berg deconstructs the happy image of a free and educated soc iety whose actions directly respond to plans laid out by the powers that be in order to ensure their supremacy.

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The second section\, “Colla pses\,” has four parts:

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The Colla pse of Communism
This group of artists examines the conditions leading up to\, and the aftermath of\, the fall of Communism. Included are the works of the Russian collecti ve Chto Delat? (What Is To Be Done?)\, which encourages the viewer to criti cally engage with the events that took place during the presidency of Mikha il Gorbachev that lead to the demise of the Soviet system.\n

The Collapse of Capitalism
This section’s focus is on the c urrent world financial crisis\, and the premise that the economic collapse was not born out of greed or irresponsibility on the part of individuals or institutions\, but rather was the inevitable result of a system based on c onsumerism\, waste and the depletion of the planet's resources. Works in th is section include Daniel García Andújar’s Time Line\, a chronolog y of events narrated through media and advertising images\; the Superflex c ollective’s humorous parody\, The Financial Crisis\, which suggest s the crisis is an illness that can be cured through hypnosis\; and Andrés Rábago’s cartoons\, which mix irony\, dark humour and sarcasm\, to create a stark portrait of the current situation in Spain.

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The Geopolitical
The artists in this section question the roles of colonialism and the West on recent geopolitical uprisings. Fernando Bry ce depicts colonial practices and their "civilising" discourses in his draw ings. Through a collection of posters\, Lebanese artist Zeina Maastri docum ents the civil war in Lebanon between 1975 and 1990. And Federico Guzmán’s installation illustrates how the consequences of Free Trade Agreements — a new form of global coloniality — affect the everyday practice of citizens.< /span>

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Democracy< /span>
This section traces the effec ts of technology on communications\, privacy and assembly and how they infl uence democracy. Among the works are Ed Hall’s banners\, which depict the m icro-history of recent social struggles in England\; Artur Zmijewski’s phot ographs of demonstrations in Belfast\, Berlin\, the West Bank\, Gaza\, Wars aw and Strasbourg\, collected both as playful and celebratory events\; and Oliver Ressler’s interviews with philosophers\, politicians\, activists and concerned citizens asking What is Democracy?

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Without Realit y There Is No Utopia was organized by the Centro Andaluz de Arte Conte poraneo in Seville\, Spain\; and curated by Alicia Murría\, Mariano Navarro and Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes. Artists in the exhibition include: Alfredo Jaar\, Artur Zmijewski\, Carlos Motta\, Chto Delat?\, Ciprian Muresan\, Da niel García Andujar\, Dora García\, Ed Hall\, El Roto\, Federico Guzmán\, F ernando Bryce\, Ignasi Aballí\, Jan Peter Hammer\, Judi Werthein\, Katya Sa nder\, Lene Berg\, Manolo Quejido\, Oliver Ressler\, Rirkrit Tiravanija\, S uperflex\, Wolfgang Tillmans\, Zeina Maasri\, and Zhou Xiaohu.

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Exhibition Reception: Without Reality There Is No Utopia
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Feb 15\, 2013 6 :30pm – 8:00pm
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Grand Lobby
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About the Curators
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Alicia Murría is an art historian and independent curator. She has edite d and managed the magazine Artecontexto since 2004. She has also written fo r Artforum\, Art Nexus\, and Flash Art. Murría h as curated numerous exhibitions\, including Collective and associates\, Casa de America\, Madrid\; Terre di nessuno\, Fundación Tele fónica\, Madrid\; and Noise of Time\, Canal de Isabel II\, Madrid.
Mariano Navarro Herranz is an art critic and independ ent curator. He currently chairs the Board of Visual Arts Critics. He has w ritten for Artecontexto magazine\, among others. His exhibitions i nclude Espacios Públicos-Sueños privados\, Imágenes de la abst racción: Pintura y escultura españolas 1969-1989\, and Andalucía y la modernidad: Del Equipo 57 a la generación de los setenta.
Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes holds a degree in Art Hist ory from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is the director of Centr o Andaluz de Arte Contemporane. Reyes is a regular contributor to Artec ontexto and has written for Le Journal des Arts and Il Gi ornalle dell'Arte. He was the director of The Art Newspaper from 1998 to 2002. Reyes has curated numerous exhibitions\, including Geopolitics of Animation (2007)\, Phantasmagoria (2007)\, Animation Sessions (2005)\, and Single Channel (2003).

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