A million friends: Iván Argote
A million friends: an approach which focuses on the experience of encountering the other and the joy of sharing.
In his first exhibition in Barcelona, Iván Argote presents at ADN Galeria A million friends: an approach which focuses on the experience of encountering the other and the joy of sharing. Curated by Albertine de Galbert the solo show evolves around the "fair distance" portrayed in his works.
Thus, the artist becomes an activist of contact and relationship. Taking the city as a stage for his interventions, the Colombian artist searches voids in the daily routine to stimulate encounters, suggesting how we relate to each other. Furthermore, he cracks the suspicion that underlies our ambiguous relationship with the Other, the stranger, proposing to shorten this distance through fictive and fleeting textures activated by his performances. Using humour as a vehicle rather than as an objective, Iván Argote tackles with simplicity and efficiency themes of important issues while drawing new interpretations and dynamics in the spaces he transforms.
The exhibition is conceived as a space to penetrate: starting with the superficial layer, its materiality, to deepen into more profound concepts such as the way we relate to the city, our place in history through the personal, the collective and the familiar.