Ryan Gander
Other People Place (Curated by Adam Carr) |
18 Jun 2021 - 16 Oct 2021

Carr has envisaged a curatorial concept which places particular emphasis on the involvement of

people in Gander’s work and this will be first, exclusive illumination of this aspect in the artists’

extensive solo career. This focus gathers additional context in the present, at a time where human

relations worldwide are being addressed, revaluated and questioned, and potentially renewed.

Gander has become internationally renowned for his prolific output that moves ceaselessly between

a multitude of artforms including sculpture, painting, drawing, installation, performance and

graphic design. The unrestricted approach of Gander’s practice is mirrored by the open, layered and

often fractured thematic nature of his work, which posits questions of language and knowledge, as

well as the act of artmaking itself. Many of the artists’ works are infused with narratives that are

seemingly belied by his works’ visual appearance. He places down clues that invite viewers to

unravel, decipher and ultimately form their own connections to what can be seen and what is eluded

to, enticing how our cognition, perception and understanding takes place.

Mapping out the collaborative and communicative nature of work made by Gander over the years,

Other People Place draws out humanistic relations and places fundamental questions into the

foreground regarding our lived experience. The exhibition includes works that have people as their

subject, moving between forms of representation that are clear and abstract. Artists and artisans are

featured within the exhibition, as well as the artists’ family and when the artist himself is

represented it is through the lens of somebody else. In a number of previously unseen works, forms

of communication and language are present, suggesting newly found ways of interacting, yet

grounded in current societal forms of protest.

The net of relations that exist among people both in and in-between the works presented in the

exhibition – including you, the viewer – also strike up another conversation when they turn to the

gallery itself, pointing to its location and history. Many works are the result of conversations with

and the use of artisans and fabricators. Occupying an historic building in Porto, the gallery was a

former workplace for stonemasons who were once active in the building and continue to operate

elsewhere in the city.


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