ThE rIGHT TO RighT / WrOnG (2019) Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson
THE RIGHT TO RIGHT / WORK from Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson can be seen from 7 February 2019 on the silo of AVL Mundo on the Keileweg. The flashing 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 in front of the south façade of St. George's Hall, an important place in the heart of Liverpool for its loaded history. In addition, they offered the city the same name free newspaper to, written by the British feminist and philosopher Nina Power in collaboration with the artists: "The Partial Declaration Of Human Wrongs". The newspaper was distributed at various locations in 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 of 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 artists' duo have been working together on a diverse oeuvre 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 was previously shown at the Venice Biennale (2011), in CAAC, Seville (2011, 2012) and TENT Rotterdam (2013). In 2009 they won the basic prize of the Prix de Rome for the music video Lobbyists.