Buenos Tiempos Int.’s exhibition for The One Year Art Book Fair (OYABF) was on at Oslo’s Atelier Felix at Kunsternes Hus, running June 15 to 26, 2016. It was curated by publisher and book store Torpedo and focusses on two productions, an installation of photography from The Ages of Beatrix Ruf: A History of Power Transvestism (2014-16) series and video ‘A Walk with Dorothée Dupuis and Jessica Gysel Around the Chinese Pavilion and the Japanese Tower in Brussels’ (2015).
The latter video, written and directed by BTI co-founders Alberto García del Castillo and Marnie Slater, features Dorothée Dupuis and Jessica Gysel of publications Petunia and Girls Like Us, respectively, and was first launched at Brussels’s La Loge in April last year. The film features the two feminist art magazine editors walking through Laeken Park in the Belgian capital, the site of a couple of early 20th century French constructions called the Japanese Tower and Chinese Pavilion —symbols of what BTI calls the country’s “fin-de-siècle Orientalism and cultural imperialism”.
Accompanying the A Walk with… video is an essay, also by Slater and del Castillo, called ‘Las Vegas, Laeken: A History of Architectural Drag‘ that the latter BTI member read during a performance-concert and video viewing in one of the rooms of Kunsternes Hus on June 20. The exhibition of photos from The Ages of Beatrix Ruf… come from a series comprising two fashion editorial shoots on “power drag”. One shoot, featuring Slater and Vincent Ferre, was published in the aforementioned Petunia magazine in 2014, and the other, again featuring Slater as well as Flynn Casey, Geoff Newton and Puppies Puppies, was produced at Material Art Fair in Mexico City.
The presentation is a culmination of Buenos Tiempos, Int.’s ongoing work as an online exhibition space concerned with “faggotry as it is today”, while specifically exploring displays of power within the animate and inanimate object. There are the people in The Ages of Beatrix Ruf… photo shoot, which is a series that’s named after the German curator featured in Art Review’s 2012 Power 100. Then there are the buildings of Laeken Park and their representation of “Eurocentric and exotic view of other cultures”. This “architectural drag” described by Slater and del Castillo in their Las Vegas, Laeken… essay, comes with its display in the monuments that dwarf Dupuis and Gysel in A Walk with…**
Exhibition photos, top right.