Public Art Commissions:
Sol Calero



 



Sol Calero, Casa Anacaona, a co-commission for WOMAD World of Art and Folkestone Triennial

Operating as a space for social and cultural interaction Casa Anacaona is a site-specific temporary structure with bespoke furniture. In the mornings and early afternoons Casa Anacaona hosts a series of painting workshops when Festival goers are invited to work with the artist to develop decorative, painted elements for the interior. From mid-afternoon until evening it becomes a space for social interaction where visitors can sit, talk, eat, drink, and enjoy being part of the installation’s transformation.

Sol Calero was selected for this co-commission for her ability to create strong visual interventions in outdoor spaces; for the fact that her practice references Latino culture and its exchange of influence with Western European traditions; and for her ability to create wonderfully joyous work that often offers some aspect of practical engagement.

Sol Calero was born in Caracas in 1982 and lives and works in Berlin. She studied at universities in Madrid and Tenerife and is interested in reflecting the ambiguity of cultural signs, and investigating the way in which meanings can proliferate and change. As well as traditional methods of art-making such as painting and drawing, she also experiments with found objects, fabric works, and site-based practices. She has created installations that have variously incorporated Salsa dancing sessions, hairdressing salons and cybercafés.

Sol is the recipient of several international awards and has exhibited widely. She was nominated for the Preis der Nationalgalerie in association with Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin.

Established in 2010 by curator Jeni Walwin and producer Tammy Bedford WOMAD World of Art brings a programme of contemporary visual art to the festival, presenting and commissioning work that celebrates a range of cultural influences.

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Sol Calero Casa Anacaona, installation views WOMAD World of Art 2017,
co-commission with Folkestone Triennial, image credit: Jamie Woodley