Pablo Bronstein’s Carousel is the catalogue of the solo exhibition of the Anglo-Argentine artist Pablo Bronstein, curated by Catherine Wood at OGR - Officine Grandi Riparazioni of Turin. The volume conceived as an artist book dialogues in form and content with the curatorial text by Catherine Wood which explores the fundamental themes of the project.
Carousel is a site-specific project commissioned by OGR for the spaces of the former Turin’s train factory. The project represents a new chapter in the institution’s investigation on and around the relationship between bodies in motion and architectural spaces, between performance and the dynamics of the use of space.
Pablo Bronstein’s Carousel takes the historic form of the zootrope, whose optical illusion creates rudimentary moving images as a low-fi metaphor for the circus of mirrors and screens that makes for our contemporary interrelations. Bronstein considers the structures of physical reality city planning and architecture, the theatre, and the human body through the lens of the extreme close-up, self-regard or narcissism endemic to our post-smartphone universe.
Catherine Wood is a Senior Curator, International Art (Performance) at Tate Modern. Performances programmed at Tate include works by Mark Leckey, Joan Jonas, Guy de Cointet, Jiri Kovanda and Sturtevant amongst many others. A regular contributor to Afterall, Artforum, Mousse and Frieze magazines, she has also written numerous catalogue essays, as well as contributing to the book and symposium Choreographing Exhibitions by Mathieu Copeland (La Ferme du Buisson, Paris). She is on the board for the non-profit space Studio Voltaire in London and was on the juries for the Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award, the Pinchuk Prize and the Annual Film and Video Umbrella award in 2013.
Pablo Bronstein, 1977, Argentina, is an artist living and working in London. He has had solo exhibitions at Tate Britain and ICA, London, Redcat, LA, Centre d'art Contemporain, Geneva, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Metropolitan Museum, NY. He has recently created the performance installation Carousel at the OGR, Turin, curated by Catherine Wood. He has a forthcoming solo show at the Soane Museum in 2020.