On Sunday, September 11th between 16:00h – 18:00h, Alejandro Cesarco will deliver a brief performative lecture in the context of the exhibition The Center of the Story#1, titled A Personal History of Worrying and discuss other recent works. Two of his earlier films will be screened: Musings (2013) and Allegory, or, the Perils of the Present Tense (2015).
Musings (2013), a 16mm film transferred to video, retells a series of anecdotes regarding premonitions, fate, dreams, and other types of messages that are the generative source for creative work. Compiled are stories by or relating to, amongst others, Susan Sontag, Ingmar Bergman, Maurice Blanchot, Italo Calvino, Julio Cortázar, and Agnés Varda. Musings proposes to triangulate the ideas of inspiration, influence and inheritance.
Allegory, or, The Perils of the Present Tense (2015) is composed of a fragmented text, appearing as inter-titles, interspersed with snapshot-like images of memories. Throughout the work conjectures about the past are balanced against promises of the future. By talking about the past the artist is also talking about his wants or desires. In this sense, talking about the past becomes a way of talking about the future; of fashioning a future.
The lecture and screening are followed by a dialogue with Suzanne Wallinga (director A Tale of a Tub).
About the artist:
Alejandro Cesarco (Montevideo, Uruguay) lives and works in New York. His most recent solo exhibitions include: “Play,” Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2015), “Prescribe The Symptom,” Midway Contemporary Art, MN, (2015), “Loyalties and Betrayals,” Murray Guy, New York (2015), “Secondary Revision,” Frac Île-de-France/Le Plateau, Paris (2013), “A Portrait, A Story, And An Ending,” Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2013), “Alejandro Cesarco,” MuMOK, Vienna (2012), “Words Applied to Wounds,” Murray Guy (2012), “The Early Years,” Tanya Leighton (2012), “A Common Ground,” Uruguayan Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennial (2011), “One Without The Other,” Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico (2011), “Present Memory,” Tate Modern, London (2010). Group exhibitions include: “Under The Same Sun,” The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014), “The Imminence of Poetics,” 30th Bienal de São Paulo (2012), “Short Stories,” Sculpture Center, New York (2011); and “Nine Screens,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010.) He was the 2011 winner of the Baloize Art Prize, with his installation “The Street Were Dark With Something More Than Night Or The Closer I Get To The End The More I Rewrite The Beginning,” at Art 42 Basel. These exhibitions addressed, through different formats and strategies, his recurrent interests in repetition, narrative, and the practices of reading and translating. He has also curated exhibitions in the U.S., Uruguay, Argentina and a project for the 6th Mercosur Biennial (2007), Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is director of the non-profit arts organization, Art Resources Transfer.
The exhibition is kindly supported by City Council Rotterdam, Pauwhof Fund & Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht.