Café Chalupecký: Pablo Helguera
The Mayfly Conference, Conference dealing with socially engaged art
The performance of Pablo Helguera held in collaboration with Czech artists will have the form of a 60-minute conference dealing with socially engaged art. The title of the event (referring to The Mayfly Manifesto from 2013) alludes to the exceptionally short life of a mayfly as a metaphor of the ephemeral experience of a particular art event; which, however, can have a long-lasting effect. In this way, Helguera expresses the tension between time and experience which is peculiar to socially engaged art whose qualities significantly depend on the amount of time invested in a particular project.
The event was supported by the Embassy of USA in Prague.
Pablo Helguera (1971, Mexico City) is an artist working in a variety of media ranging from sculpture through drawing and installation to performance and written fiction. In his work, he has repeatedly dealt with history, ethnography, social practice and education. Since the 1990s, he has worked at the education departments of a number of prestigious American museums. He has introduced his work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Kunsthalle Osnabrück in Germany, Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C., The Kitchen in New York, Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City and Manifesta in Zurich. He is also the author of several books, including Artoons 1, 2 and 3, a collection of cartoons commenting on the art world. He is the holder of the International Award of Participatory Art (Bologna, 2011). He lives in New York and Mexico City.