Martin Soto Climent

Karma International

The site-specific show titled “The Intimate Revolt”—quoting the book of the same name by Julia Kristeva—literally closed itself off from the viewer: The gallery was locked and could not be entered. Instead, one had to view the show through a long rectangular slot set into an interior wall that separated the exhibition space from the gallery’s entryway. How disorienting to find oneself standing before a locked door during a gallery’s open hours, and to have to view the show from a distance! The exhibition was thus reduced to a framed picture. We wandered through it with our eyes rather than our bodies.

Mexican artist Martin Soto Climent is known for his graceful manipulations of found objects, which he combines, recasts, and arranges to create poeticized and eroticized artifacts not unlike Surrealist objets. In his first solo show in Switzerland, he presented two series. “Phantasy of an

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