Café Chalupecký: Triple Candie
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During their performative lecture called Let the Artists Die, a duo of American curators including Shelly Bancroft and Peter Nesbett focused on their own exhibition projects based on the absence of art. The performance title alludes to a 1985 play by Polish artist Tadeusz Kantor dealing with the conditions of art in authoritarian regimes. Triple Candie spent three weeks in the Czech Republic; during their residency, they realized other projects as well. For instance, they established cooperation with invited artists from the Czech art scene on the already existing project called The Institute for the Study of Universal Uncertainties aiming to examine the concept of uncertainty in capitalist conditions. This theme was further addressed by the exhibition Triple Candie: The Institute for the Study of Universal Uncertainties at Ferdinand Baumann Gallery held from December 1, 2017 to January 12, 2018.
Triple Candie is a U.S.-based exhibition production agency run by two art historians. From 2001 to 2010, it operated a series of galleries in Harlem, New York. Today, it works nomadically, organizing exhibitions on art subjects without the involvement of or permission of artists, and without actual artworks. Its displays consist of surrogates, props, and documentation, which are generally recycled or destroyed at the conclusion of each project. For more information: www.triplecandie.org.
The residency of Triple Candie was held within the Café Chalupecký series organized by Jindřich Chalupecký Society. The stay of the curators in the Czech Republic was further supported by the residential program of MeetFactory.