Nothing Really Matters When You Wear A Big Moustache!
Maria-Thalia Carras & Sophia Tournikioti
Karaiskaki Square & Imperial Athens Hotel
Los Super Elegantes and Pablo León de la Barra have been invited to present their work for the first time together in Athens, Greece, in the exhibition, “Nothing Really Matters” When You Wear A Big Moustache!: Los Super Elegantes Featuring Pablo León de la Barra.
Their projects work both as investigations into as well as projections of cultural fantasies onto Athens, a modern city full of Ancient myths and history.
Los Super Elegantes will perform some of their songs on the roof garden of the Athens Imperial, Grecotel with the Parthenon as their backdrop. The exhibition will also feature the video clip of their latest single, “Nothing Really Matters” which they will have produced in Athens. The video clip will bring together a synopsis of Greek history as interpreted through films, music and the media with Onassis era clothing, Ancient ruins, an infamous Acropolis nightclub as well as many a toga clad backup dancer. Los Super Elegantes’ music, performances and videos combine a pastiche of rock music and Latin American pop, modernism and contemporary design amongst other things.
Pablo León de la Barra, inspired by the Greek War of Independence Hero, Karaiskakis (on whose namesake square the exhibition is taking place) and his eminent moustache, will produce a contemporary monument in his honor. Through research into the surrounding area of the hotel León de la Barra will investigate the history of Greece and the specific area through the aesthetic politics of moustaches.
The exhibition that will follow the performances will take place in the artists’ bedrooms in the hotel. The video clip of “Nothing Really Matters” will be exhibited alongside props from the making of the videoclip as well as an installation in homage of great Greek moustaches.
Milena Muzquiz (Tijuana, 1974) and Martiniano Lopez-Crozet (Argentina, 1968) formed Los Super Elegantes in San Francisco in 1995; they live and work in Los Angeles. Their first musical album Channelizing Paradise was released in 2002. Los Super Elegantes were featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, in the same year they created the highly successful Slow Dance Club as part of the Frieze Art Fair 2004 Art Project Commissions. Los Super Elegantes work has been reviewed in numerous publications including ArtForum, Index, Purple, Interview and many others.
Pablo León de la Barra is both an artist and a curator from Mexico (1972)and co-director of Blow de la Barra gallery in London where he lives. He has curated exhibitions such as To Be Political it Has to Look Nice, 2003 at Apexart in New York and exhibited amongst other places at Localismos, 2004 Mexico City and Going Public ’05 Communities and Territories, 2005 larissa contemporary art center and Tropical Abstraction at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, 2006.