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Libia Castro, Ólafur Ólafsson


Doc. expérimental | dv | couleur | 14:0 | Espagne, Italie | 2008

LIBIA CASTRO & ÓLAFUR ÓLAFSSON Caregivers Video, color, sound / 14 min. / English and Italian / subtitles English and local language music by Karólína Eiríksdóttir / text by Davide Berretta / music performed by: soprano; Ingibjörg Guðjónsdóttir, oboe; Matthías Nardeau, choir; Women Choir of Garðabær / camera by Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson / editing by: Kristján Loðmfjörð, Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson appearance by: Mihaela Tabaranu, Maria Slobodyan, Paolina Mazzucchi in Ciaghi, Diomira Raffaelli and others. 2008 Intrigued by the dense history of women-labour in the Rovereto area in the North of Italy, Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson (b. 1969/1973) produced the video work Caregivers related to this macro-topic in the frame of Manifesta 7. The video portrays two migrant caregivers from Ukraine and Romania and their (elderly) clients in their relationship and daily work in the area of Rovereto. For the video´s soundtrack the artists commissioned the Icelandic composer Karólína Eiríksdóttir to write a music score to an article, written by the young journalist Davide Berretta, describing this recent and rapidly growing phenomenon. Karólína wrote the music for a soprano, women choir and an oboe. The video combines footage, edited to the soundtrack, shot in and around two homes in Northern Italy with footage documenting the singers and the musician recording the cantata in Iceland - in all juxtaposing journalism, documentary making and classical contemporary music. Supported by the Center for Icelandic Art (CIA.IS), The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (BKVB), the Centre of Visual Arts Rotterdam (CBK) and Manifesta 7. Courtesy of the artists and Manifesta 7.

Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson Libia Castro (b. 1969, Madrid) & Ólafur Ólafsson (b. 1973, Reykjavík) have been working together since 1997. They came to international prominence through their participation in exhibitions such as Manifesta 7 in 2008, and will be representing Iceland at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. Their latest video Lobbyists received The Basis Prize (third prize) in the 2009 Prix de Rome, the Dutch contemporary art award. Recent exhibitions of work by Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson have included solo presentations at the Living Art Museum, Reykjavík (2010); Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavík (2008); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2008); CAC Málaga, Málaga (2007); at the Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam (2006); and at De Appel, Contemporary Art Center, Amsterdam (2004). Their work has also been shown, amongst others, in the exhibitions Hors Pistes, Another Motion of Pictures, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010); Favoured Nations, Momentum, 5th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway (2009); Biennale Cuveé, The Biennial of Biennials, OK Center, Linz, (2009); El sur de nuevo, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2009); Invasion of Sound, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, (2009); Be(com)ing Dutch, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (2008); On Mobility, De Appel, Contemporary Art Center, Amsterdam and CAC, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2005-2006); Tracer, Witte de With and TENT Contemporary Art Center, Rotterdam (2004); and Art together with life, 8th Havana Biennale, Havana (2003). Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson live in Rotterdam and Berlin.