La Plaza del Chafleo

DE 14/03/2019 - 13/04/2019 A



Iván Argote _ La Plaza del Chafleo

In his new film, La Plaza del Chafleo, 2019, Iván Argote proposes an imaginary public square that would be named after the verb “chaflear”, which is also an imaginary verb, a neologism. Argote proposes this new verb as a monument for this square, a verb defined by the way people use the place; for example, if people came to kiss, “chaflear” would mean “kissing,” if people came to protest, “chaflear” would mean “protesting.” The film speculates on what might be “chaflear,” and raises different questions about how we use public spaces both symbolically and physically.

Through this speculation, La Plaza del Chafleo makes some leaps in time and space: part of its narrative takes place in a recording studio - in a kind or reconstituted garden - where actions with parts of bodies and objects take place. Another act takes place in a public square in Douala, Cameroon, and analyzes the way in which the word “Cameroon” has lost its meaning between different periods of colonization by different nations and languages. In another moment, the film records an intervention made in a public space of Buenos Aires. In the Argentine capital, Argote promoted the refueling of an emptied public fountain known as the Fountain of Poetry. The monument had been abandoned by the government eight years ago, after serving as a meeting point for poetry readings. During his action, Argote filled the fountain with 15,000 liters of water and resumed its functionality. La Plaza del Chafleo also registers a children’s protest that emerges from a workshop run by Argote at the MALBA museum (BsAs). This elastic nature of the film makes it a tool to debate ideas about public spaces and to promote collaborative interventions and experiences.

About the artista

Iván Argote was born in Bogotá, in 1983. He lives and Works in Paris, France. Argote has had his work exhibited in institutions and international exhibitions such as Desert X (Palm Springs, USA, 2019), Sharjah Film Platform (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 2019), Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires [MALBA] (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2018-2019), Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá [MAMBO] (Bogotá, Colômbia, 2017), Triennale d’Art Publique (Douala, Cameroon, 2017), Bienalsur (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017), Saatchi Gallery (London, UK, 2017), Future Generation Art Prize (Kiev, Ukraine // Venice, Italy, 2017), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France, 2016) and 30th Bienal de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil, 2012), .

His work is included in collections such as Saatchi Gallery (London), MACBA: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Barcelona), CNAP Centre national des arts plastiques (Paris), FNAC Fonds national d’art contemporain – Paris – France [Paris] e Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation [CIFO] (Miami).

Argote has also been awarded with worldwide recognized awards such as: Future Generation Art Prize (nomination), PinchukArtCentre, 2017; Grant CIFO, Cisneros Fontanals Foundation, 2015; Audi Talents Art Contemporain et Design, 2013; Prize Sam Art Projects, 2011.