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EXIT #07 – Teamwork

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EditorialOlivares & Asociados SL
YearAugust / 2002
LanguageSpanish / English
PagesFrom 160 to 200


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EXIT #07 – Teamwork

In the recent history of art and contemporary photography it is not unusual to come across works carried out by duos, trios, or in other words, a team. These pairings, some now historic, have developed a single body of work. Two being one, as in the words of Gilbert & George: "We say: we are one person", and who in some way renounce individual identity to form a different being and authorship. 

These teams, in most cases couples, can be the result of a family connection, sentimental or marriage ties and at other times simply due to artistic affinity and common aesthetic interests. These pairs may stay together for a short period whilst others remain a duo forever. These teams represent milestones in the history of art, as is the case of Bernd & Hilla Becher or Gilbert & George. But there are more artists who have opted for creation through team work and it is in the fields of photography, video and cinema that teamwork has developed to the largest extent.

This issue, EXIT #07 – Teamwork,discusses some of these pairs, with special attention to Anna & Bernhard Blume, a well-established duo of German photographerswho set themselves apart from schools and fashions. The works of sisters Jane and Louise Wilson (with commentary from Barry Schwabsky) will also be visited along with Pierre et Gilles (José Miguel G. Cortés); Bleda and Rosa (Manuel Santos) and the Romanian pair subREAL (Rosa Olivares).

In addition to these artists, images will be presented from Gilbert & George, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Clegg & Guttmann, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Aziz + Cucher, The AES Group, Komar & Melamid, Theresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, Guerrilla Girls, Helena Cabello / Ana Carceller, L.A. Raeven, Rose Farrell & George Parkin, MP & MP Rosado Garcés, Mike & Douglas Starn, General Idea, Marina Abramovic & Ulay, Gómez Molina y Guillermo Lledó, Igor & Svetlana Kopystiansky, MacDermott & MacGough, Mabel Palacín y Marc Viaplana, Pere Formiguera y Joan Fontcuberta, Atelier Morales, Pilar Albajar & Antonio Altarriba, Eva & Adele, amongst others.

The two main texts of this issue make a detailed analysis of collaborations and team work within contemporary art and particularly the photography. On the one hand the essay from Spanish artists Cabello/Carceller, a pair of artists who also work together in writing about art; and culminating with a piece by Australian professor and artist Charles Green, author of The Third Hand. The editorial by Rosa Olivares and the usual index of artists complete this in depth look at the art work created from teamwork.