Goodman Gallery presents La courte échelle ('the short ladder'), which is a French idiom meaning 'to give someone a leg up'.
The online exhibition is guest-curated by artists Yto Barrada, Carlos Garaicoa and Mateo López at a time when collaboration across the diverse corners of the art world is more important than ever. Barrada, López and Garaicoa have selected works by nine artists whose work they follow and support.
Artists selected by Yto Barrada: M'Barek Bouhchichi / Johanna Castillo / Meriem Bennani
Artists selected by Carlos Garaicoa: Yaima Carrazana / José Manuel Mesias / Dania González
Artists selected by Mateo López: Santiago Reyes Villaveces / Mazenett Quiroga / Juliana Góngora
The motif of the ladder directly implicates the body and its place within society. There’s the body acting as the makeshift ladder and the body that is balancing on top of it, together co-conspiring in a mischievous act.
_La courte échelle - marks the 4th edition of In Context, an ongoing curatorial initiative, launched in 2010 in response to South Africa hosting the World Cup and temporarily becoming ‘home’ to the world. A common thread running through each edition relates to the mining of the tensions between place and the body. This fourth edition is an opportunity to view works curated in an unprecedented time when the body has been 'locked down', our 'place' in the world suddenly restricted to one's home within a single region.
Press release courtesy Goodman Gallery.