Condo London — Eduardo Sarabia at Maureen Paley
Condo takes its name from ‘condominium’ and is a large-scale collaborative exhibition of international galleries. Host galleries share their spaces with visiting galleries – either by co-curating an exhibition together, or dividing their galleries and allocating spaces. The initiative encourages the evaluation of existing models, pooling resources and acting communally to propose an environment that is more conducive for experimental gallery exhibitions to take place internationally.
The innovative gallery-share event sees dealers from around the world, including South America, Asia, and the US, bringing their artists to the English capital. An event grounded in collaboration—host galleries provide space rent free—the name “Condo” takes its cue from US-style, shared apartment buildings. The event made a successful New York debut last summer, providing a cost-effective and refreshing alternative to art fairs for smaller and mid-sized galleries seeking to reach new collectors.
Condo London, which opens its preview weekend this Saturday, January 13, returns with its third edition to spice up a traditionally quiet time in the city, as 17 spaces play host to 46 international galleries for the next four weeks.
(See Condo’s map.)
The Brussels gallery dépendance is showing paintings by the German artist Michaela Eichwald and Mexico City’s joségarcía, mx, is presenting work by the Los Angeles-born, Guadalajara-based artist Eduardo Sarabia in Maureen Paley’s gallery in Bethnal Green, in the East End of London. Sarabia’s ceramics, paintings, and sculptures riff on Mexico’s narco culture and violent drug trade.
Eduardo Sarabia received his BFA in Los Angeles from Otis College of Art and Design, and eventually moved to Mexico where his ancestors are from, having lived briefly in Berlin. His works are largely inspired by the local folk history of northern Mexico. He frequently works with materials favoured by craftsmen there such as ceramics tiles, pots, glass and hand-woven textiles. Through his work Sarabia aims to investigate the consequences of global economic forces on local traditions and culture. Born in 1976 in Los Angeles, USA, the artist lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico. His work has been exhibited in numerous museums such as Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2016); the Instituto Cultural Cabañas in Guadalajara and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico and ASU Art Museum, Arizona (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2013), Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Biennial (2008). This is the first time the gallery will exhibit his work.
13 January – 11 February 2018
21 Herald Street, London E2 6JT