Volume II - Ana Navas & Marisol Rodríguez

Volume II - Ana Navas & Marisol Rodríguez

Over the course of two months, Ana Navas and I developed the following dialogue. Made through a back and forth of emails, our conversation was greatly enriched by visits to her current studio at the Fondation Fiminco (2020-2021) in the outskirts of Paris, where I saw her works on different stages of development and in between lockdowns.

Born in Ecuador but immigrated to Venezuela at an early age, Ana Navas is a nomad. Her references are abundant, her works often deceiving as they juggle with the languages of modern art turned kitsch, and of contemporary art turned the lingua franca of global marketing. Hiding beneath mysterious surfaces and provocative forms is a carefully constructed imaginary that resonates beyond geographies one that questions our own stance on this hyper aesthetization we’ve become so accustomed to, so versed in. 

Ana and I enjoyed exploring all these ideas together. Hopefully this format can help you, the reader, discover her work and thoughts more naturally. Welcome then. 

Marisol Rodríguez

Volume II - Ana Navas & Marisol Rodríguez

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Millionaire’s Chamber: A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II with treasures by Neven Allgeier, Na Kim, Anna Paul

15.06.202114.07.2021

For 11 years, Thomas Geiger has been selling stamped, signed and numbered certificates out of an edition of 1.000.000 – for 1 Euro each. The story of this performance begins in spring 2010, when he placed himself in a public space carrying a sign that read: I want to become a millionaire. The work became the economic backbone of his artistic practice; a regular source of capital for his projects (and sometimes just funding for his living expenses).

In recent years, Geiger’s purist certificates have themselves become a place for encounters between other artists’ work and his own. The so-called Artists Sheets are a growing collection of “aesthetically enhanced” Millionaire-Sheets made by fellow artists. This follows a tradition that has its roots in the beginning of the 20th century. Under the influence of Jugendstil and the Arts & Crafts movement, industrials engaged artists to illustrate their companies’ shares in order to enhance their value through this artistic addition.

Successively the latest of these Artists Sheets will be on display during one year in the Millionaire's Chamber, which is located, (well secured), in the basement of the gallery. The second three contributions are by Na Kim, Neven Allgeier and Anna Paul.

Part I with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE, 15.05.–14.06.2021

Part II with treasures by Na Kim, Neven Allgeier and Anna Paul, 15.06.–14.07.2021

Thomas Geiger, I want to become a millionaire, since 2010
Exhibition view: "Millionaire’s Chamber" A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, photo: Sebastian Kissel
Exhibition view: "Millionaire’s Chamber" A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, photo: Sebastian Kissel
"Millionaire’s Chamber" A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II with treasures by Neven Allgeier, Na Kim, Anna Paul, photo: Sebastian Kissel
Installation view: "Millionaire’s Chamber" A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II with treasures by Neven Allgeier, Na Kim, Anna Paul, photo: Sebastian Kissel
Installation view: "Millionaire’s Chamber" A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II with treasures by Neven Allgeier, Na Kim, Anna Paul, photo: Sebastian Kissel
Installation view: "Millionaire’s Chamber" A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II with treasures by Neven Allgeier, Na Kim, Anna Paul, photo: Sebastian Kissel
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II, Artist's Sheet by Na Kim
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II, Artist's Sheet by Neven Allgeier
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II, Artist's Sheet by Anna Paul
Installation view: “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part 1 with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE
Installation view: “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part 1 with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE
Installation view: “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part 1 with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE
Installation view: “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part 1 with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part I, Artist's Sheet by Talisa Lallai
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part I, Artist's Sheet by Maya Rochat
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part I, Artist's Sheet by SUZANNE