Tobias Kaspar – Two Cities Two Lives
The complex dramaturgical project by Tobias Kaspar (Basel, 1984), THE STREET, launched last June at the Swiss Institute in Rome and which consists of various elements (exhibitions, performances, a newspaper, a blog), has been presented in two stages in Brazil, curated by Tobi Maier.
Tobias Kaspar: Two Cities – Two Lives addressed the idea of human relationships complicated by an interwoven web of friendship and work. It took the form of an installation with photographs accompanied by texts that revolve around abstract notions of the long distance relationship, contemporary relationships in our life in general and precarious labor situations. Long distance relationships are a phenomenon ever more present within our jet and internet age. They are built on trust and promises, yet the lack of physical affection and a good dose of trying to catch up via instant messaging characterize them. The photographs in the exhibition at SOLO SHOWS in São Paulo appear to be memory fragments from moments spent “together”, and ask questions on the economic and sociological benefits of normative bonding propagated by merchandising. The Heart-Bite Valentine Day Teddy (2015) presented there epitomizes the longing for togetherness and tenderness. The teddy’s chest carries an emblematic sign of a heart-bite and its butt features an attached poem composed by modified text excerpts taken from an early internet-age dating film. These works were balanced with a new collection developed by the artist. TOBIAS KASPAR HOME stems from the context of its presentation, the apartment gallery and is launched with a display of treated utilitarian objects commonly used for domestic purposes and city-life. The spray bottles, fridge, the folding bike, and a Castanha de Baru Torrada – known for its aphrodisiac effect – set were presented throughout the gallery space and the adjacent kitchen. Equally employed by the single city dweller and the young couple building a joint future, they highlight the home as a retreat for the care of the body and the soul as well as the industries hunger to produce accessories catered for a mobile individual in contemporary society, always on the move, between cities and relationships. A week after the opening of Two Cities – Two Lives at SOLO SHOWS in São Paulo, we staged a replicate version of the exhibition at the multi-brand fashion boutique Frey Kalioubi in the center of Rio de Janeiro, introducing the HOME Musterwohnung – entirely for sale and to be retailed by Frey Kalioubi. Additionally, the presentation in Rio introduced a number of garments, merchandising and this look book of the Musterwohnung with photographs taken in the apartment as well it’s surrounding neighbourhood. (text by Tobi Maier)
The exhibition at SOLO SHOWS in São Paulo is supported by Pro Helvetia.
SOLO SHOWS – Rua Major Sertório 557, São Paulo
3 September – 3 October
Frey Kalioubi – Praça Tiradentes 73, Rio de Janeiro
11 September – 9 October