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World of Art 2017

2017’s World of Art commission was the Venezuelan artist Sol Calero. Working in partnership with Folkestone Triennial, Sol was invited to create new work which installed at Charlton Park and then in Folkestone in September.

‘Casa Anacaona’
The Project
Operating as a space for social and cultural interaction Casa Anacaona is a site-specific temporary structure with bespoke furniture.  In the mornings and early afternoons Casa Anacaona will host a series of painting workshops and from mid-afternoon until evening it will become a space for social interaction where visitors can sit, talk, eat, drink, and enjoy being part of the installation’s transformation.

The Artist
Sol Calero was selected for this co-commission for her ability to create strong visual interventions in outdoor spaces; for the fact that her practice references Latino culture and its exchange of influence with Western European traditions; and for her ability to create wonderfully joyous work that often offers some aspect of practical engagement.

Sol Calero was born in Caracas in 1982 and lives and works in Berlin.  She studied at universities in Madrid and Tenerife and is interested in reflecting the ambiguity of cultural signs, and investigating the way in which meanings can proliferate and change.  As well as traditional methods of art-making such as painting and drawing, she also experiments with found objects, fabric works, and site-based practices. She has created installations that have variously incorporated Salsa dancing sessions, hairdressing salons and cybercafés.

Sol is the recipient of several international awards and has exhibited widely.  This year she was nominated for the Preis der Nationalgalerie in association with Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin.

Co-commissioned by WOMAD World of Art and Folkestone Triennial

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