Escuela del Sur
Sol Calero (b. 1982, Caracas, Venezuela) is Berlin-based artist who turns to painting to investigate non-canonical, traditional and popular art forms excluded from western art history. She looks at how Latin American cultures are perceived and exported, her work faces the spectator with the processes of exoticism inherent to the imagery and narratives of the cultural other. Under a festive and luminous appearance, Calero questions the production of standards and clichéd iconography with a singular and consistent presentation of abstracted tropicalism. Her patterns, floral and fruit shapes are mixed with elements of vernacular architecture, claiming self-construction as a medium of social action. In 2017 she was nominated for the Preis der Nationalgalerie and won the Audience Award. Recent exhibitions include Villa Arson, Nice; MO.CO, Montpellier; Extra City, Antwerp; Museum van Boijmans Beunigen, Rotterdam; Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris; Düsseldorf Kunstverein; Barbara Gross Gallery, Munich; Kunsthalle Lisbon, Lisbon; Folkestone Triennial. This work is offered as an extension of her participation in K60 with ChertLüdde, Berlin.
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