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2019.06.05 - 2019.06.05

Per Svensson + Miguel Angel Ríos

Röda Sten Konsthall starts of the summer season with two solo shows: Alchemy – The All Seeing Eye by Per Svensson and No Way Out by Miguel Angel Ríos.

About Alchemy – The All Seeing Eye (5 June–18 August)

For Per Svensson alchemy is “to walk your own path, to trace your own drawing, to not stop the poetry”. In his solo exhibition we are invited to follow him in the liberation from given systems through elements that have had multiple readings in different disciplines, religions and cultures across history. This exhibition was produced in collaboration with Färgfabriken, Stockholm.

About Per Svensson

Artist Per Svensson works in the fields of sculpture, painting, drawing, sound installation, film and architecture. Svensson is educated at The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm 1985–1990, and at The Royal Institute of Art Department for Architecture in Stockholm 1999–2000. His works have been exhibited both in Sweden and internationally at Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Malmö, Ystad Art Museum, Lusaka National Museum Zambia, LACE in Los Angeles, Heliostrum in Köln, The Art Acadamy in Budapest, The Gothenburg Museum of Art and MHR in Reykjavik, among others.
 
This exhibition is a coproduction between Färgfabriken and Röda Sten Konsthall. The exhibition was shown at Färgfabriken from 29 September – 2 December, 2018.
 
The book Per Svensson – Alkemi, Konst, Arkitektur published by Art and Theory Publishing with support from Kungl. Akademien för de fria Konsterna, Helge Axelsson Johnsons Stiftelse and Längmanska Kulturfonden, will be available 
 
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About No Way Out (5 June–4 August)

Miguel Angel Ríos emigrated to the United Stated in the 1970s to escape the military dictatorship in Argentina and has since lived and worked in New York and Mexico City. Central to many of his works is the concept of border and the critique of arbitrary manmade divisions. For his solo exhibition at Röda Sten Konsthall, he will present a selection of his most recent video works, where landscapes, animals and objects symbolically articulate and comment current geopolitical issues such as immigration, trafficking, poverty and development (progress).

No Way Out includes the following video works 

White Stones, [2014]. Single-Channel Video. Duration: 4:53. 
Thousands of solid white balls rapidly roll down the side of a mountain. They follow existing paths determined by the erosion caused by the streams of water in the desert mountain landscape, but they are also subject to chance. As the white stones proliferate and begin to pile up, we can’t but wonder if we are witnessing a rapidly unfolding and catastrophic event.
 
Landlocked, [2014], Single-Channel Video. Duration: 5:02.
Dogs of the high mountains from the Andes foothills dig through a wall of sand and soil, only to arrive to another border, the ocean. The video Landlocked pursues the desire to reach the other side.
 
Mules, [2014], Single-Channel Video. Duration: 6:25.
The video records the journey of two mules walking along narrow trails and uncharted open territories, across mountains and deserts. Unaware of the contents of their load, the mules follow a path that may lead to their own demise. In Spanish slang, the term "mulas" (mules) refers to traffickers recruit to illegally transport across frontiers.
 
The Ghost of Modernity (Leached), [2012], Single-Channel Video. Duration: 5:03.
The Ghost of Modernity (The Three Marias), [2012], Single-Channel Video. Duration: 4:02.
In both videos, a transparent cube floats above a landfill, revealing the contradictions inherent in the project of modernity. “Is this ghostly geometric figure a lens through which the world can be reinterpreted? Are we inside or outside the cube?” the artist asks.
 
Mecha (Wick), [2010]. Two channel video. Duration: 8:10.
Mecha (Wick) is based on a popular game played in Colombia called "tejo". The game consists in throwing a thick metal disc at a target made of powerful firecrackers embedded at the center of a wet clay wall. To score, the thrown metal discs should detonate the firecrackers. Mecha is a free interpretation of this game as a theater of war. 

About Miguel Angel Ríos

Miguel Angel Ríos was born 1943 in Catamarca, Argentina. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since the early 2000s, Ríos has delved into the medium of video, creating symbolic narratives about human experience, violence and mortality. Miguel Angel Ríos has an extensive list of group and solo shows, and his works are represented in several major collections including Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, USA; Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich, Switzerland; Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia; Fundación Arte y Mecenazgo, Barcelona, Spain; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA; La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France; Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Pérez Art Museum Miami, USA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA and the Phoenix Art Museum, USA. Lives in Mexico City and New York.