Gaspar Libedinsky: Productos Caseros
July 16–September 15, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
NOON–5PM Members Day
5PM–2AM Public Celebration
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This exhibition takes urban architecture as its subject and explores the ways that structures determine the behavior of those inhabiting them. The two-screen projection Productos Caseros (Boquete-Production) documents the transformation of Cárcel de Caseros, a Buenos Aires prison that operated from 1979 to 2000. Originally slated to house criminals for short-term periods while their cases wound through the criminal justice system, the prison ultimately became the site where prisoners served out their full terms. On June 6, 1984, the inmates staged a violent rebellion, attacking the architecture itself. By banging fire extinguishers against the wall, they struck holes in building, bringing natural light and fresh air into the space. In his video, Libedinsky bridges this distance between the prison and the city. In his work the holes and fragments of the now-destroyed prison frame views of Buenos Aires. Ironically, the preserved “ruin” of this historic site becomes a vehicle for reflecting on the future of its urban environment.
Gaspar Libedinsky was born in 1976. He is an architect, artist and educator based in Buenos Aires, London and New York.
This exhibition is sponsored in part by the MCA Denver Director's Vision Society, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Colorado Creative Industries. MCA Denver also thanks the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.