The immersive installations of Sol Calero (*1982 in Caracas, Venezuela) appear almost like a Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art): vibrantly coloured, rich in decorative, but also usable objects and furnished with paintings, furniture, self-designed fabrics, and video installations. Thus, Calero transforms neutral spaces into functional and communicative ones – art galleries become hairdressing salons or internet cafés, a museum turns into a wellness area. By using various tropical motifs within an opulent aesthetic, she challenges our cliché-afflicted concept of the exotic and thereby the construction of identity and nationality.
For Interiores, Sol Calero’s first major institutional solo exhibition in Germany, she focuses on painting as a process of abstraction, marking a new experimental turn in her work. In the tradition of Venezuelan sculptor Jesús Rafael Soto (1923-2005), she transforms the whole space of the Kunstverein into a painting – her painting – in which the audience is immersed. Thus, a space without functionality emerges where the conflicts and contradictions of our value system are exposed and our desires and longings are filled with sensual, distracting and humorous stimuli.
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