ThE rIGHT TO RighT / WrOnG (2019) Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson
THE RIGHT TO RIGHT / WORK Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson can be seen from 7 February 2019 at the AVL Mundo silo at Keileweg. The blinking neon graffiti reads alternately THE RIGHT TO RIGHT, ThE rIght tO WrOnG and a new 'word' that combines RighT and WrOnG. This creates the impression of a mystery or paradox. What is right? What is freedom? With ThE rIGHT TO RighT / WrOnG the artists argue for a fundamental right to right, according to them a first step towards a true and common form of emancipation. This is a form of emancipation that transcends the multitude of abstract treaties, declarations, protocols and constitutions, usually drawn up by national states and subsequently imposed on their citizens. The art project was originally launched at the 7de Liverpool Biennale in 2012. As part of the exhibition The Unexpected Guest Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson designed a monumental flashing neon graffiti for the south facade of St. George's Hall, an important site in the heart of Liverpool for its fraught history. In addition, they offered the city an eponymous name free newspaper written by the British feminist and philosopher Nina Power in collaboration with the artists: 'The Partial Declaration Of Human Wrongs'. The newspaper was distributed in various locations around the city, as an attachment in the Liverpool Post and online. In 2013 the artwork was part of the solo exhibition Asymmetry in TENT. BKOR then investigated the possibility of giving neon work a place in the city. AVL Mundo, founded by artist Joep van Lieshout, in the M4H area offered to make his huge silo available as a carrier. ThE rIGHT TO RighT / WrOnG is the first work by Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson in the public space of Rotterdam.
Libia Castro (1970, Madrid) & Ólafur Ólafsson (1973, Reykjavik) work from Rotterdam and Berlin. Since 1997, the artist duo has collaborated on a diverse body of work in various disciplines, including video, installations, sound and sculpture projects. They are inspired by political history, gender studies and sociology and comment on unequal power relations between the individual and politics. Their work has previously been shown at the Venice Biennale (2011), in CAAC, Sevilla (2011, 2012) and TENT Rotterdam (2013). In 2009 they won the base prize of the Prix de Rome for the music video Lobbyists.