Although she lives and works in Berlin, Sol Calero’s art has the freshness and colour we might associate with Latin America – she is from Venezuela, and is intrigued by the cultural stereotypes of which she’s become highly aware as a trans-national artist working in many countries and cultures. Casa Anacaona resulted from a collaboration between the artist and Folkestone-based ‘creatives’ with the aim of making a ‘social space’ for people to gather for formal or informal activities. The pavilion then travelled to Womad Festival (as a co-production with Womad World of Art) where festival goers attended ‘workshops’ and contributed many of the decorative additions. The brightly painted furniture contributes to the sense of ‘place’ within which visitors may have a ‘cross-cultural’ experience, nudged to consider cultural differences and the stereotypes that loom large in our thinking.
Sol Calero’s practice refers to Latino culture and its exchange of influence with Western European traditions. She is interested in reflecting the ambiguity of cultural signs, and investigating the way in which meanings can proliferate and change. She makes paintings and drawings, but also works with found objects, fabrics, and site-based practices including installations incorporating Salsa dancing sessions, hairdressing salons and cybercafés.