Larry Clark is included in Comfortably Numb: A Critical Investigation into the Cultural Impact of Narcotics curated by Alberto Baraya and Jonathan Hernández in collaboration with ANOTHER SPACE.
Featuring Alberto Baraya, Paulo Bruscky, Antonio Caro, Carlos Castro Arias, Larry Clark, PhilipLorca diCorcia, Wilson Díaz, Juan Manuel Echavarría, Jonathan Hernández, Edgar Jiménez, Jac Leirner, Annie Leibovitz, Aníbal López, Teresa Margolles, Raúl Martínez, Santiago Montoya, Hélio Oiticica and Neville D’Almeida, Camilo Restrepo, Francisco Papas Fritas, Jhafis Quintero, Fred Tomaselli, Meyer Vaisman, Antonio Vega Macotela.
ANOTHER SPACE is pleased to present Comfortably Numb, a critical investigation into the history and cultural impact of narcotics. Taking its title from Pink Floyd’s popular song, the exhibition examines America’s complex relationship with drugs and its representation in the media and public imagination. Conceived by artists Alberto Baraya and Jonathan Hernández, based in Bogotá and Mexico City respectively, the exhibition examines America’s ongoing infatuation with “narcos” and the implications of the so-called War on Drugs, still being waged in their home countries. Forgoing the customary narratives around crime and violence, Comfortably Numb focuses on how artists have reacted to the pervasive presence of drugs and their effects on social, political, economic and cultural relations throughout the Americas. Taking ANOTHER SPACE’s unique architecture as a point of departure, Comfortably Numb showcases works by over 20 artists from Latin America and the United States throughout the venue’s rooms and garden, staged as an anonymous family residence. Combining works in a broad range of media with decorative objects, pre-Columbian artifacts and drug-related ephemera from several private collections, the exhibition examines shifting perceptions around drugs and the tension between the use of drugs in America’s homes and their unwitting role in the business’ trail of death and violence abroad. In additional to several site-specific works the exhibition features a rare “residential” version of Hélio Oiticica and Neville D’Almeida’s famous Cosmococas, originally created for a Brazilian collector and exhibited here to the public for the first time. Comfortably Numb is organized by Alberto Baraya (b. 1968, Bogota) and Jonathan Hernández (b. 1972, Mexico City) in collaboration with ANOTHER SPACE. In conjunction with the exhibition, ANOTHER SPACE will host a series of educational programs, public lectures and film screenings, in collaboration with New York University’s Hemispheric Institute. At a time of heightened debate about the opioid crisis, Comfortably Numb aims to foster dialogue around drug policy, criminal justice and the sociopolitical impact of the War on Drugs.
ANOTHER SPACE is a program established by the Daniel and Estrellita B. Brodsky Family Foundation to broaden international awareness and appreciation of art from Latin America. Founded by art historian and collector Estrellita B. Brodsky, as part of the activities of the Daniel and Estrellita B. Brodsky Family Foundation, the program is dedicated to building recognition of modern and contemporary art to the region.
Image: Larry Clark, Untitled, 1963