The Redeeming Institution


From April 17 till July 29, 2012

Collaboration between the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (SAPS) y Tate Modern (through their program at the Level 2 Gallery)


Iria Candela – Tate Modern
Taiyana Pimentel- Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros

As part of the multiple institutional collaborations that both museums have developed in the recent years, the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (SAPS) and Tate Modern —museums with different missions— experienced a similar curatorial working process to achieve a common ground on the analysis of the Americas´ artistic practices. Considering the history and increasingly fragile notion of Latin American Art, four artists that share an ability to position their practices against shifting cultural, economic, and social situations were selected. Their works, at the same time, confronted each museum with the peripheral and marginal situations, which distinguished the crisis in a post-industrial society.

The Redeeming Institution at the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros and No Lone Zone at the Tate Modern showed the work of Cinthia Marcelle (Brazil), Teresa Margolles (Mexico), Tercerunquinto (Mexico) and David Zink Yi (Peru-Germany). These exhibitions provoked the geopolitical boundaries of the “historically correct” to relocate the shifting events that occurred on the street to the museum –a power institution. No Lone Zone focused on different levels of representation and documentation embedded in the works of these artists, while the exhibition at the SAPS appeased to thevoyeur that involves an audience through participation.

For Tercerunquinto, the 2011 England riots allowed for the study on how the Western economic crisis masked the context of socio-cultural difference that could re-designate the role of the social groups displaced from the center of power in this society, but at the same time, how the obvious differences among social classes in Latin America could give way to the collapse of the prevailing socio-political system. With her acute ability to act globally, Teresa Margolles continued to trail violent murders. This is not about generating objects that pertained to the style of the terminologies of art history, but to relocate the “vessels” of these violent situations. On her part, Cinthia Marcelle drafted a precise discourse linked to a critical situation resulting from the current economic crisis. Her work is related to the development of situations of survival that cause violence and nostalgia. Finally, David Zink Yi seemed to behave in an opposite manner; but his gesture is a painstaking effort to achieve a technical perfection that reaches another level of reality.

For the SAPS the collaboration with Tate Modern was necessary to further assess its character as a space that challenges the political ideal and a site-specific museum.