We chose to live in a space where we work and share our work; where we host discussions, screenings, performances, feasts and invite other artists to work and expose their work.
The word hybrid comes from the Greek root hubris - meaning excess, and yet it is used to describe the unison of many ‘bastard’ characteristics into one being. This is an attractive concept for people like us who don’t see ourselves fitting into one single box. With scattered backgrounds, unconventional lifestyles and undefinable practices, the diversity inherent in hybridity offers the least limiting frame for this first chapter at OTOCO.
Using various techniques of printmaking, the “Mountains” and earlier “Mammas” overlap traditions of landscape and figurative art, more precisely: depicting the female nude as a landscape. These sections of bodies suggest multiple (hi)stories. Tightly packed-in, they exceed their surroundings. Where some may see the origin of life, others will pay closer attention to the headless, feetless bits of bodies scarred by lace and other delicate veils.
The “multipurpose” ceramic tits scattered around the space poetically and playfully invite participants to consider what is expected of the female body. Appreciating the diversity of uses - like the diversity of shapes - these breasts have to offer: they work great on an invitation to attract passers-by! They help sell billions worth of clothes every year! They can hold your keys or your coins! Their uses are virtually infinite!
Oriane Wedd (BE)
Wednesday to Saturday
2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
R. de São Marçal 30