Tania Candiani: Cincinnati Project
Tania Candiani: Cincinnati Project is a solo exhibition by Mexico City-based artist Tania Candiani (b. 1974) that reimagines the Cincinnati Industrial Expositions that took place between 1870 and 1888. There will be at least three new, commissioned works, and several historical prints that together will embody the artist’s archival research on labor, utopianism, and perceived progress in Cincinnati in the late 19th century.
Industrial Expositions and World Expositions occurred around the globe between the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. They championed utopian visions for the future, and staged specific countries and industries in a positive light that highlighted scientific innovation, and commercial and cultural exchange. Cincinnati’s Music Hall was built specifically for the purpose of hosting the Cincinnati Industrial Expositions, which were amongst these future-oriented displays. Each Exposition began with a parade between the Expo building and Cincinnati’s downtown business district. Ms. Candiani will direct CAC apprentices and University of Cincinnati students in the production of an abstracted recreation of one of the floats. She will also create a musical score that references the sounds of the 19th century industrial equipment to be performed by a local choir. Ms. Candiani’s film of the choir’s performance will be a cornerstone of the exhibition Cincinnati Project. Ms. Bonansinga will write the exhibition didactics and brochure essay that will contextualize Cincinnati Project Candiani’s oeuvre, and within global contemporary art practice.
Tania Candiani investigates site and history for each exhibition she creates. Sound is an important component of each of these investigations. Candiani, with Luis Filipe Ortega represented the country of Mexico in the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. Since 2012 she has been a fellow of the National System of Art Creators in Mexico. In 2011 she earned a Guggenheim Fellowship for the Arts, and in 2018 she was earned a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship during which time she conducted much of the research for Cincinnati Project.