Rising Action

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© Courtesy of the Artist and NETTIE HORN
© Courtesy of the Artist and NETTIE HORN
Rising Action

17A Riding House Street
London W1W 7DS
United Kingdom
January 20th, 2012 - February 19th, 2012
Opening: January 19th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

fitzrovia, bloomsbury
+44(0)208 980 1568
Tue-Sat 11-6
installation, sculpture


Performance: "Born to Curate" > 26 January 2012

NETTIE HORN is pleased to present a twofold project by Colombian and French artists Iván Argote and Pauline Bastard consisting of the exhibition “Rising Action” - featuring an ensemble of installation and sculptural pieces which are presented alongside a video programme “Home Cinema”- and followed by a performance event entitled “Born to Curate” at the initiative of both artists which will take place in February 2012.

Meeting in 2007 within the vibrant atmosphere of the Beaux-Arts in Paris, Iván and Pauline form an artist couple whose individual practices develop in parallel to joint projects based on concepts of presentations, curatorial events, residencies and other performative games for which the artists rewrite the rules. The exhibition “Rising Action” unites for the first time in the UK their common vision of the city as a theatrical playground – putting in place playful environments where tricks, hijackings and other narrative displacement and interventions initiate pictures of consumerism, humanism, poetry and action.

Iván Argote’s practice deals with social, political and art historical fields through mediums as varied as video, photography, sculpture and painting. Being simultaneously the director and main actor in his work, Iván interrogates with humour the views and perspectives imposed by our social positions but also the status of an artwork and the notion of interactivity, which he addresses through a fictionalisation of the everyday.

Pauline Bastard invites us into a world where fiction and reality are entangled and at the heart of which misleading fictions reign. Through mediums such as video and sculpture, she plays with and defies narrative processes through the phenomenon of detachment, re-appropriation or semantic displacement. Popular objects and everyday materials are omnipresent in her practice, creating a complicit game with the spectator where the veracity of their fictional and dramatic potential is questioned.

The project “Born to Curate” is a one-night performance-based event; a sort of “curatorial battle” presented as a live game show where a panel of international curators are invited to confront each other in a friendly, fun and challenging atmosphere. The event will be presented by a host from the international art scene and will be composed of four teams of two people. The game will develop around a number of themes chosen randomly by the participants who will then imagine and present an exhibition concept in a short period of time. The public is the Grand Jury of this battle and will “vote” through an applause meter which will select the teams that will go on to the final to win the “Born to Curate” trophy!


Iván Argote was born in 1983 Bogota. He lives and works between Paris and New York and graduated from the Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2009.

Recent exhibitions include: The Dialectic City, Laboratorio de Artes Binarios, Puerto Rico (2011); Caliente, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, 2011 (solo show); A brake to dance, Galerie Valenzuela & Klenner, Bogota, Colombia, 2009; Zapping Unit, MAC/VAL Museum of Contemporary Art of Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France, 2009.