Jan. 9 - Mar. 15
Opening Reception Jan. 9  6:00-9:00 p.m.

A Solo Exhibition by Yoshua Okón
Curated by Juli Carson

The University Art Galleries, in cooperation with CTSA, will host a one-day symposium on the subject of “difficult art” to put Okón and Pasolini’s work in scholarly context.  


Yoshua Okón will produce a film installation on the murder of Pier Paolo Pasolini, the controversial Italian filmmaker, poet, writer and intellectual. Giuseppe Pelosi, a seventeen-year-old hustler, was arrested and confessed to murdering Pasolini. However, in 2005 Pelosi retracted his confession, bringing renewed attention to both Pasolini’s homicide and artwork, the latter of which was regularly the subject of censorship. 

For instance, Pasolini's first novel Ragazzi di vita (1955), which dealt with the Roman lumpenproletariat, resulted in obscenity charges. His final work, Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), was a scathing critique of fascism that allegorically employed explicit scenes of sadistic violence. Based on the novel120 Days of Sodom, by Marquis de Sade, Salò, is considered his most controversial film. In May 2006, Time Out’s Film Guide named it the Most Controversial Film of all time. 

Okón’s film installation returns to this scene of the crime, both literally (Pasolini’s death) and figuratively (the controversy surrounding his final film), to consider the interstice between aesthetics and obscenity as a space in which artists “speak truth to power.” 

Yoshua Okón was born in Mexico City in 1970 where he currently lives. His work is like a series of near-sociological experiments executed for the camera.  It blends staged situations, documentation and improvisation and questions habitual perceptions of reality and truth, selfhood and morality. In 2002 he received an MFA from UCLA with a Fulbright scholarship. In 1994, he founded La Panadería, an artist-run space in Mexico City.  Currently his work is currently exhibited in OCMA’s Triennial.

Contemporary Arts Center Gallery
Free Admission.  Public is Welcome.

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2014-01-09 12:00 - 2014-03-15 18:00