Can you tell us about the title, ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’?
The title borrows its name from the eponymous, experimental novel by Argentine writer Julio Cortázar. Published in 1963, the novel follows a non-linear narrative that can be read in multiple sequences, jumping from chapter to chapter, as suggested by the title, like the traditional children’s street game. As with the book and the game, my art program hopscotches through the city, shaping possible journeys and different paths through urban space, creating unexpected connections between sites and oeuvres.
Which artists have you chosen for ‘Hopscotch’, and what are their approaches?
Many of the artists focus on the representation of bodies, both as tools for performances and collective actions, and as a locus for the construction of identities and communities.
Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, for example, is creating a temporary pop-up cemetery for the living. Entitled ‘Eternity,’ it will be realized in collaboration with hundreds of artists in Buenos Aires in Palermo. Ad Minoliti’s installation will also function as a feminist school. Argentine artist Eduardo Basualdo will create an installation along the Rio de la Plata conjuring up a progression of sculptural encounters that will engage viewers in a unique sensorial landscape.
Buenos Aires-based artist Luciana Lamothe will present an oversized sculpture that will function as an extension of its site, evoking a space that is suspended between construction and destruction, present and future, architecture and ruin. Mexico City-based artist Pia Camil creates environments that collapse the distance between the work and the audience into a shared experience. Both are working within the time-space concept, but approaching it differently.
With regard to the Argentine artists in the program, I wanted to focus on younger artists like Ad Minoliti, Gabriel Chaile, Santiago de Paoli, and Luciana Lamothe because they have had less opportunities internationally. I wanted to ensure that there are some surprises.
Other participating artists include Eduardo Basualdo, Alex Da Corte, Narcisa Hirsch, David Horvitz, Leandro Katz, Barbara Kruger, Eduardo Navarro, Alexandra Pirici, Mika Rottenberg, Mariela Scafati, Vivian Suter, and Stan VanDerBeek.