Raster is among nine renowned galleries from Europe and Middle East to take part in the Condo Unit show in Athens.
Condo takes its name from ‘condominium’ and is a large-scale collaborative exhibition of international galleries. The initiative encourages the evaluation of existing exhibition models, pooling resources and acting communally to propose an environment that is more conducive for experimental gallery shows to take place internationally. This initiative is also close to Raster who developed a similar model of collaboration named Villa (that took place in Warsaw, Reykjavik, Tokyo and Toronto). The idea that both Condo and Villa share is simple: to use the curatorial experience of the most interesting.inspiring young and established private galleries to create encounters with the general public and local art communities that are innovative, stimulating, and not merely market driven.
Condo takes place in London, New York, Mexico City and Shanghai. This year, the special Condo Unit edition will happen in Athens, at The Breeder gallery, and will take place concurrently with the sixth Athens Biennale. Other participating galleries are: Art:Concept (Paris), Carlos/Ishikawa (London), Dastan’s Basement (Teheran), Barbara Thumm and Koenig (Berlin), Grey Noise (Dubai), and Sommer Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv).
As part of the exhibition, Raster will show new works by Olaf Brzeski, Janek Simon and the Slavs and Tatars collective. Izabella Scott writes for frieze.com:
A group of sculptures by Raster gallery artists complete the ground floor trio. The easiest to decode are Janek Simon’s series ‘Polyethnic’ (2016). Each around 60cm high they comprise quasi-ethnographic objects, drawing on folk and tribal art – Simon has made them at home using a 3D printer. There is a man with the head of a bird, and a Kali-esque figure with six arms.
Towards the centre of the same room are two works by the neo-dada collective Slavs and Tatars, also represented by Raster. Co-founded by a Polish-Iranian duo in 2005, they work to destabilize language and undermine taste, attempting to view the world though what they call a ‘Eurasian’ viewpoint. On show at The Breeder is woolen carpet, Qatalogue (2018), which depicts an elongated scarlet-red tongue that curls around seven letters stolen from the Slavic alphabet. On a plinth to its left is Hung and Tart (2016), a glass object streaked with amber and beetroot-pink, that looks somewhere between a dildo and a fossilized tongue.