Osías Yanov is an Argentinean artist, with work that can be situated between sculpture, performance, video and dance. His most recent works study the body as a space of revelation. He was chosen to travel to London for a three-month stay at Gasworks. In the following text we give further details regarding his work and explain his proposed plan for the residency.
Argentinean artist Osías Yanov is the winner of the third edition of the partnership offering artists’ residencies at Gasworks. The 2017/2018 Gasworks + URRA residencies are made possible by support from Erica Roberts and in partnership with arteBA Fundación, giving Argentinean and British artists the opportunity to participate in art residencies in London and Buenos Aires, respectively.
The artist works with Galería Nora Fisch and in his work, the notions of visibility and invisibility as they pertain to identity construction in contemporary culture are reconfigured. Alternating between sculpture, dance, video and performance, his work questions gender identity and proposes the body as a space of transformation and a catalyst for change. In this intimate and collective process of searching, ancient rituals and practices connect with contemporary dynamics of expression.
Following his work with the Rosa Chancho group since 2006, his individual work has been shown at MAMBA (Museo de Arte Moderno), MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano), the Museo Prehispánico de Quito (Ecuador), TEOR/éTica (San José, Costa Rica) and the 11th Gwangju Biennial (South Korea); in February of this year he participated at La Tabacalera (Madrid, Spain) as part of the ARCOmadrid 2017 program, where Argentina was featured as the guest country.
“My recent work explores body processes where these codes to which gestures, poses and ‘social choreographies’ belong are blurred or exacerbated. I work with people who in their daily lives carry out an intense physical re-examination: transexuals, drag queens, junkies, former junkies, sportsmen, club dancers and individuals who question and appropriate the fact of being classified as ‘disabled’ or ‘fat’.”
Osías Yanov will receive transport to and from London, lodging and support for basic expenses from January to the end of March, 2018 in order to focus on his work in the company of other international artists, making presentations and receiving curatorial guidance at the Gasworks residency.
During this period, Osías proposes to explore and generate practice on the basis of the following questions: Is it possible to release our bodies from their previous history? Can the already acquired body identity be modified? Within what contexts or with which tools is it possible to create a form of “pre-movement” free from previous determinations? What is there before movement?
“The plan consists in using the studio as a rehearsal space, a place for shooting videos of meetings and notes, coming up with a piece that will arise from the research and dialogue with local people. The context of a residence abroad would allow me a space of deep concentration for this research, a shift in my own environment would open the possibility of interacting with other body forms and codes, yet unknown to me.”
About Osías Yanov
The effect that reality has on my surroundings, where the boundary of the individual spills over into that of the group and what responses the body is capable of are always the point of departure for my work. Thinking about this as a group, thinking about this through dance, thinking about this in ecstasy, including both intimate and collective processes, proposing practices that provide an alternative to reality and grant a space of revelation to the body are what I set out to do. In 2006, we formed the Rosa Chancho group with 4 members, developing projects, occurrences, performances and narratives that proposed suspending the individual to move toward a multiple consciousness. In the past few years, I have focused on my own work. Recent works have been shown at MAMBA (Museo de Arte Moderno), MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano), the Museo Prehispánico de Quito, Ecuador, TEOR/éTica in San José, Costa Rica, the 11th Gwangju Biennial in South Korea and La Tabacalera in Madrid, Spain.