tranzitdisplay shows: galería parásito/… Luis Camnitzer

Luis Camnitzer

Exhibition, 12 April – 22 May 2011
Opening: 11 April, 6 pm
tranzitdisplay, Prague

tranzitdisplay, in collaboration with galería parásito/…, presents the first solo exhibition in the Czech Republic of the Uruguayan conceptual artist Luis Camnitzer.

Luis Camnitzer was born in Lübeck, Germany in 1937. At one year of age, his family left for Uruguay, where he was raised. He studied in Montevideo, and after receiving the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1961, he left for the USA in 1964, settling in New York City.  Initially emigrating for his career, when the political situation changed in Uruguay to a brutal dictatorship in 1973, he found himself in exile. This initiated the subjects that appear in his work to date: identity and exile, otherness, resistance, while also imbuing political content within his writing and practice.

The use of printed language is the primary visual element in Camnitzer´s body of work. The selection of works at tranzitdisplay spans from the 1960s to the present, including two new projects for the Czech audience. The show includes what is considered his first conceptual piece, This is a mirror. You are a written sentence (1966), which has been reformulated for the local public. The text-based artworks have all been translated into the Czech language in order to make their original meanings more accessible.

Luis Camnitzer: Lecture and Debate
12 April 2011, free entry

4-5 pm Luis Camnitzer: Lecture on his work (in English)
5-5:30 pm Coffee break
5:30-6.30 pm Discussion on individual attitudes in conceptual art. Luis Camnitzer, Vit Havranek and guests.

Venue for all events: tranzitdisplay, Dittrichova 9/337, Prague 2, Czech Republic
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12 noon – 6 pm

For more information click here.

ERSTE Foundation is the main partner of tranzit.