Join us for the release of Javier Téllez’s monograph Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth at Kadist Art Foundation. This remarkable 196-page publication expands on Téllez’s recent exhibitions at SFAI and REDCAT, Los Angeles. The publication is a coproduction between Roma Publications, REDCAT, SFAI, and Kadist. It features essays by Ruth Estévez, Dieter Roelstraete, Hesse McGraw, and a contribution by the artist made especially for this publication. The exhibition and book represent several years of research that explores psychiatric confinement, surveillance architecture, and the game of chess as strategically interrelated systems. Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth opens new spaces for play across formerly closed systems and inverts the power dynamics between surveillance tower and cell.
Javier Téllez, O Rinoceronte de Dürer (Dürer’s Rhinoceros), 2010; super 16mm film transferred to high-definition video, color, and sound; duration 41:10 minutes; Portuguese with English subtitles; courtesy the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich; installed at 11th Biennale de Lyon, 2011; photographed by Blaise Adilon