Nina Cristante, LIFE SPORT (2016) documentation

30 March 2016

Artist and self-taught dietician Nina Cristante had a solo show, Life Sport at Athens’ Life Sport that ran last month between February 27 to March 19. For the exhibition, the grey sweatpants produced and sold by the Greek art space —and that each artist who exhibits there is invited to install or wear —are hung in neat rows on white hooks with their elastic waist ties hanging down, all to the right hand side and mostly in unison. There is definitely a way to the way that Cristante, who has shown work with Bari’s 63rd-77th Steps and has what could be described as an ‘accompanying’ sound cloud account does things in her works and in the way she installs them in space.

One photograph, which is mounted on a wall shows two women exercising. One is using her pushchair to do a headstand with and the other is balancing a baby with no hands on her lap, while she squats and tones her triceps against a park bench. It is a nice image to look at, partly because the gap created between the first woman’s leg and the pushchair might be mirrored in the gap between the second woman’s arms and the bench, and partly because we can see that Cristante has installed it at the top of a descending staircase, down to the lower floor, as though the photograph is resting and balancing at the top of a squat.

Nina Cristante, LIFE SPORT (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Life Sport, Athens.
Nina Cristante, LIFE SPORT (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Life Sport, Athens.

On the lower floor, and on the floor, is a large gym mat, whose corners Cristante has lined up delicately in relation to the position of the projection on one side of the room, and several hanging folded white towels, or pieces of linen, on the other, which mimic the grey and black sweatpants.

The documentation images for Life Sport themselves seem to exist to point out the subtleties and relationships inside the show and works, between the mat’s corner and the corner of the mat in the projected video, for example. In the same way that Cristante talks about “inner cues” and “making room for intuition” in relation to her diet during an interview for DIS magazine, the works are also available to be listened to.

In the video, Cristante is doing a set of exercises on the mat for about 13 minutes that are not boring to watch. This is helped by the simple piano playing track that accompanies it, which changes in tone as the exercises change in tone —for example, when Cristante sits almost lying down with her arm like a halo arched around her head, the piano notes go higher, slower and become more of a twinkle than a series of notes.

The sound and actions suit each other, no fuss and no excess, just like the shape made on the crumbling wall that hasn’t been touched up in the lower space suits the shape of the woman in the third photograph who is exercising by doing push-ups over a baby that is sat playing on something in a park. Both of them are being, regardless.**

Exhibition photos, top right.

Header image: Nina Cristante, LIFE SPORT (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Life Sport, Athens.




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Kimmo Modig @ LIFE SPORT, Feb 10

9 February 2015

LIFE SPORT art space in Athens invites artist Kimmo Modig for a performance on February 10 at 9pm.

The performance, which is presented as a “talk about the difference between 99% and 100%”, comes just before Modig’s upcoming group show at London’s Life GalleryThere’s No Space in Space, where he will be presenting with Morag Keil and Caspar Heinemann from February 26 to March 15 as part of [ space ] gallery’s three consecutive exhibitions by artist-run spaces.

Modig’s work, which spans writing, video direction, and performance art, has produced a new project with Tuomas A. Laitinen in the form of a web series based around Kimesco titled “Landlording”, as well as a 90-minute solo performance called ‘90 Minutes (for Toivo) a.k.a. Court of Helberg‘ at Helsinki’s Baltic Circle international theatre festival last year.

See the LIFE SPORT event page for details. **

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Events + exhibitions, Feb 9 – 15

9 February 2015

Shifting focus away from some standout festivals and fairs starting the year, the week beginning February 9 is a big one for one-off events and exhibitions. Kimmo Modig and Shana Moulton will be performing in Athens and Nottingham respectively, while Hannah Sawtell, Jenny Moore and PC Music‘s Finn Diesel are performing in London.

Also in the UK capital, are new exhibition openings at Jupiter Woods, Project Native Informant, Grove House and Vilma Gold, while Eloïse Bonneviot is contributing to art label Caustic Coastal‘s first digital commission and the Pale Journal Issue 1 is launching at Space with performances and readings from artists including Sophie Jung and Anna Zett.

In Berlin, Leslie Kulesh is presenting as part of a Hotel Palenque commission at Center, while Emmy Skensved and Grégoire Blunt are showing eStamina at Import Projects, along with texts from Clémence de La Tour du Pin, Beny Wagner, Susan Ploetz among others. There’s an app launch happening at American Medium in New York and a poetry series launching at San Serriffe in Amsterdam, while London-based artist Hannah Perry is opening an exhibition in LA.

There’s more so see below:


Oculus Book Talk: Architecture/Astrology, Feb 9

Radical Thinkers @ Tate Modern, Feb 9 – 10

Garrett Nelson @ Oslo10, Feb 10

Kimmo Modig @ LIFE SPORT, Feb 10

Paper Circuits @ The White Building, Feb 11

8 the app release party @ American Medium, Feb 11

FR€€ ₮HI₦G$ @ STCFTHOTS, Feb 12

Les Oracles @ XPO Gallery, Feb 12 – Apr 4

Ways of Something @ The Photographers’ Gallery, Feb 12

Eloïse Bonneviot @ Caustic Coastal, Feb 12

Giant Swan, Hannah Sawtell &c @ The Waiting Room, Feb 12

Shana Moulton @ Primary, Feb 12

Non-Threat Event @ T.Chances, Feb 12

Section 6.2 @ The Yard, Feb 13

Rundgang Party 2015, Feb 13

Pale Journal Issue 1 launch @ Space, Feb 13

Carl Palm @ Parallel Oaxaca, Feb 14 – Mar 14

Finn Diesel @ Edition Hotel, Feb 14

Sue Tompkins @ Young Team, Feb 14

NOON ON THE MOON launch @ San Serriffe, Feb 14

Leslie Kulesh @ Center, Feb 14

DEBBIE @ Resistance Gallery, Feb 14

Jenny Moore @ Serpentine Galleries, Feb 14


Beatrice Loft Schulz @ Grove House, Feb 9 – 15

Ned Vena @ Project Native Informant, Feb 11 – Mar 22

Graeme Thomson + Silvia Maglioni @ The Showroom, Feb 11 – Mar 28

Queer Resistance @ RM Gallery, Feb 12 – 28

Common Grounds @ Villa Stuck, Feb 12 – May 17

Patricia L Boyd @ Occasional Table, Feb 13 – 21

Mariana Ferratto @ The Gallery Apart, Feb 13 – Apr 11

Premiums Interim Projects @ Royal Academy of Arts, Feb 13 – Mar 11

☁ Self ~ Storage ☁ @ EMBASSY, Feb 13 – Mar 1

Grégoire Blunt + Emmy Skensved @ Import Projects, Feb 14 – Mar 7

Marlie Mul + Life Gallery @ Vilma Gold, Feb 14 – Mar 21

COOL – As a State of Mind @ MAMO, Feb 14 – Apr 26

It is My Diamond Now @ Jupiter Woods, Feb 14 – Mar 1

Hannah Perry @ Steve Turner Contemporary, Feb 14 – Mar 14

Isaac Lythgoe @ Almanac Projects, Feb 14 – Apr 4

See here for exhibitions opening last week.

Header image: Shana Moulton, ‘SPF 2012’ (2013).

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