Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Itziar Barrio

WELCOME TO THE NEW PARADISE

WELCOME TO THE NEW PARADISE

Itziar Barrio. WELCOME TO THE NEW PARADISE, 2009.

Description:
Welcome to the New Paradise is conceived as a three-part project: a public art installation, a site-specific and one solo exhibition, taking place on three islands: Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Governors Island . Making use of an irreverent sense of humor, Barrio's symbolism speaks to the conscience and subconscious, triggering a series of mental associations, which address issues of paradise, vacation, migration and publicity industry.
WELCOME TO THE NEW PARADISE, at White Box in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, is conceived as a solo show of the artist. It starts with the main video, and, as in Governors Island, photographs and drawings complement the setting, while banners sustained with branches create original shelters, refuge for LCD screens showing additional videos. On these banners, the figurative is melded with the abstract, an abstract coming from an extract of one of the symbols that form her imagery.
Itziar Barrio develops an original deconstruction of the icons and social codes that inhabit our daily lives, distorting the quotidian to establish a re-lecture of these images-symbol, and leaving a disturbing taste in the reconfiguration of this new system. She speaks about collective identity in a semiotic society, with a language that faces the difficulty of conjugating brilliantly an elegant classicism with the most absolute contemporaneity.

Medium:
Installation

Tags:
installation, video, paradise, consumer culture, vacations,

Images
WE COULD HAVE HAD IT ALLEverybody is looking for something (THE PERILS OF OBEDIENCE)KryptoniteAT THE BACK, BEHIND THE PARADEReturn (WELCOME TO THE NEW PARADISE)WELCOME TO THE NEW PARADISE

Location
Brooklyn, NY
United States

Contact
itziarbarrio@gmail.com

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