'Rituals of the Everyday' exhibition, curated by Clara M Kim

Arévalo, January 24, 2024.– The upcoming Collegium exhibition, opening on Tuesday, March 5th, is titled Rituals of Everyday and organized by Clara M Kim, Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.

This exhibition is inspired by the site of Arévalo, its unique landscape formed by layers of history and the co-existence of diverse cultures, religions, and peoples across many eras and centuries. From the vantage point of this Spanish town with its distinct Mudejar architecture and one of the oldest Jesuit schools, the exhibition aims to explore rituals of the everyday and the embeddedness of different notions of time—archaeological, ecological, and colonial.

Through poetic and concrete gestures, artists in the exhibition explore questions about how we understand the contemporary world through past lives. They ask how a radical re-negotiation of our relationship to the natural and social worlds can transform our sense of the real, our perception of what is possible, our desire for better futures. Fundamental to these artists are a deep sense of care and respect for the everyday—of reflecting, making, learning, and building, thereby becoming rituals that engage the body, mind and spirit and re-organize our relationship to animate and inanimate worlds.  Two of them –Lais Myrrha and Gala Porras-Kim– will be producing site-specific commissioned works for this exhibition.

Curator: Clara M Kim.

Artists: Pio Abad, Leonor Antunes, Pedro Barateiro, Mariana Castillo Deball, Leda Catunda, Lais Myrrha, Koushna Navabi, Paulo Nazareth, Gala Porras-Kim, Maria Taniguchi.

About Collegium:
Collegium is a center for the creation, research, and exhibition of contemporary art. It is also a space for artist residencies, the promotion of craft practices, and the conservation of art objects. Collegium's mission is to build community and knowledge. Its strategic point of operations is located in the city of Arévalo, in the province of Ávila in the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León.

About Clara M Kim:

Clara M Kim is currently Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs at MOCA Los Angeles, and boasts two decades of global experience in museums and non-profits. While at Tate Modern as The Daskalopoulos Senior Curator of International Art from 2016-2022, she strategically built collections, emphasizing post-colonial and transnational art histories and critical perspectives on contemporary art. Notable roles include Senior Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center and Gallery Director & Curator at REDCAT in Los Angeles. She was also curator of the 2018 Gwangju Biennial and is currently serving on the Board of CIMAM. Recent curatorial projects include Paul Pfeiffer: Story to the Birth of Freedom (MOCA, 2023-24), Steve McQueen (Tate Modern, 2020), Turbine Hall commission Kara Walker: Fons Americanus (Tate Modern, 2019).

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