The Peripatetic School; Itinerant drawing from Latin America

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Red (1), 2007 Grid, Black Threads, Paper, Cut Out 90.5 X 80 Cm, Framed © Courtesy the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich
The Peripatetic School; Itinerant drawing from Latin America
Curated by: Tanya Barson

Unit 8 Rich Estate
46 Willow Walk
London SE1 5SF
United Kingdom
September 23rd, 2011 - November 13th, 2011
Opening: September 22nd, 2011 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

london bridge, southbank
+44 207 394 5657
Tues - Fri 11-6; Sat 12 - 6


The exhibition will tour to mima, Middlesbrough, 24 November 2011 to March 2012

Brigida Baltar, Jose Tony Cruz, Andre Komatsu, Mateo Lopez, Jorge Macchi, Gilda Mantilla and Raimond Chaves, Nicolas Paris, Ishmael Randall Weeks

Curated by Tanya Barson, Curator of International Art, Tate Modern.

This group of artists from across Latin America share an engagement with the landscape, whether urban or rural. More specifically, they are concerned with travelling or moving through the landscape, and frequently with walking, which is combined in their work with diverse approaches to drawing. Images that are the result of itinerancy or nomadism, places, scenes and things observed along the way, abound. They journey out of the studio, into the neighbourhood, the city, the territory or entire continent beyond, in a manner that evokes by turns Surrealist, Borgesian or Situationist metropolitan perambulation, or exploration in wilderness spaces nature and culture.

The individual bodies of work destabilise assumptions about the continent. They present instead individual testaments to the extraordinary heterogeneity of its people, culture, languages, cities and landscape.  These artists address the actions taken by man in the world, his passage through the landscape and impact upon it. Often, they themselves conduct journeys or undertake residencies as a form of aesthetic nomadism.  Symptomatic of this itinerant tendency is their frequent recourse to drawing.  Drawing has always been the most portable medium, the fundamental exploratory tool to which the artist returns time and again. However, for these artists, drawing has become a focus of expanded practices that engage with the landscape and culture as a subject and source for exploration, as well as philosophical speculation. Not only do they explore the world at large, but simultaneously the parameters of drawing itself, often using unconventional materials or strategies. These artists seek to blur the traditional boundaries between media categorisations; work on paper becomes sculptural object and simple line drawing becomes video animation. Drawing travels off the page and into the environment itself.