Activissimme!!, 2011-2013

Highly Active!, 2011-2013
Media installation, 300 x 200 cm

Activissimme is a series of workshops for children aged 4 to 8 that tries to develop notions of critical thinking through language games and playful situations. Taking place in over thirty locations since 2011, Iván Argote provides children with the tools to learn how to express their own opinions. The artist thus recaptures the figure of his father, a Colombian school teacher and trade unionist who, in his classes, also taught his students how to  protest. The title, a neologism invented by the artist, combines elements of the impulse and activism behind these classes, an Activissimme that duplicates letters and intensity. In the photographic canvas Huelga estudiantil (Student Strike) we see an image of one of his father’s ‘protest classes’ from the seventies. This screening documents the workshop held by Iván Argote at the Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, south of Paris, with children aged 4 to 7, while the sound track is a recording of a telephone conversation between Argote and his mother in which he explains the project to her.

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Argote, Iván
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On display
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Media installation
Slide projection and inkjet print on canvas
300 x 200 cm (height x width)
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Ed. 1/3 + 2 P.A.
Meier Building, Level 1
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Private long-term loan
© Iván Argote
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