Dan Rees / Dieter Roelstraete / Mousse Publishing @ Motto Berlin. 10.07.2016

Posted in events on July 6th, 2016 by admin


Sunday July 10th, from 5pm @ Motto Berlin

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Dan Rees’ new monograph, Road Back to Relevance. The event will include a conversation between the artist and Documenta 14 curator Dieter Roelstraete.

Published by Mousse on the occasion of his exhibition at Nomas Foundation in Rome, Road Back to Relevance gives insight into the last decade of Rees’ practice. It brings together groups of works that have never before been viewed simultaneously, and reveals the complex nature of the artist’s research. The title refers to a slide presentation made in collaboration with an advertising strategist and designer that, by charting the course of a specific solidarity campaign between Wales and Nicaragua started in the 1980s, questions how pre-“clicktivist” modes of social engagement, activism, and international solidarity can remain relevant today. As Dieter Roelstraete writes in his essay contribution, “The work of Dan Rees touches upon a wide range of topics, subjects, and issues, but one dominant, recurring preoccupation doubtlessly concerns the politics of taste. ‘Taste’ – its cultural corollaries, its political over and undertones, and most importantly its social sources – is one of Rees’s preferred problems. And where it is addressed most directly and unapologetically – that is to say, in the so-called Artex paintings – is exactly where his work becomes most willingly, egregiously ‘problematic.'”

with special thanks to Tanya Leighton Gallery and Mousse Publishing