Martin Soto Climent

THE LULENNIAL: A SLIGHT GESTUARY

Fabiola Iza, Chris Sharp, eds.

Economy, “in the sense of doing a lot with a little or sometimes nothing at all,” is one of the founding principles of the Lulennial, a biennial organized by Fabiola Iza and Chris Sharp at Lulu, a 9-square meter independent space in Mexico City. The diminutive space is not necessarily a constraint if the works exhibited (and featured in this accompanying publication) are the startling outcome of slight gestures, like those created by Jirí Kovanda, Roman Ondák, Kirsten Pieroth, Wilfredo Prieto, and Martín Soto Climent, just to name some of the more than 25 participants in the exhibition. Other instigators of this peculiar attitude, the purpose of which is to achieve the maximum effect through the smallest of means, range from Billy Apple to Graciela Carnevale to Mierle Laderman Ukeles and La Monte Young, among others.

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Martin Soto Climent
The Equation of Desire

The Equation of Desire is the outcome of Mexican artist Martin Soto Climent’s efforts to recognise, name and organise all the relevant and substantial aspects of his own life. Starting from this very personal standpoint, the research soon became an investigation into universal questions of life; it became a series of diagrams about the human condition and also a series of 366 photographs.

All of the photographs emerge from a similar process: Soto Climent rolls-up different pages of vintage photographic yearbooks in such a way that a new and surprising image arises. Being a combination of a number of pictures, the result is reminiscent of a collage, but with one essential distinction: the original pictures are neither damaged nor destroyed by being cut up, but just unravel back into their original shape after the shot. The whole process thus results in an ephemeral picture that will disappear again and only remains in the picture taken by the artist.

At the same time the photographs become samples of hidden and unseen pictures that are contained in what surrounds us, pictures that can come to life by a minimal and reversible human act. They are indeed ciphers for the existence of vast potential in the world, a potential that can be harnessed by human creativity.
This artist’s book was published on the occasion of the show at Kunsthalle Winterthur, where The Equation of Desire was shown the first time.

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