Sol Calero creates site-specific installations that work as spaces for gathering. She often uses opulent three-dimensional tableaus and has staged situations as far ranging as a school to a spa and a currency exchange office. Calero’s works are at once vibrant, bright, and playful, while also examining the political overtones of themes such as cultural representation, national identity, exoticism, and marginalization. Her Venezuelan background has influenced an interest in looking at cultural codes or clichés from the Latin American context that proliferate and change, as well as the way in which visual symbols can undergo transformation.
Born: 1982, Caracas, Venezuela.
Lives and works: Berlin.
Recent solo exhibitions: Bergen Assembly, Norway (2022); 1646, The Hague (2022); Crèvecoeur, Paris (2021); Copenhagen Contemporary (2020); Villa Arson, Nice, France (2020); Tate, Liverpool, UK (2019) and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2019). Recent group exhibitions: Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (2022); Bergen Kunsthall (2021); Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany (2020) and La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2019). Calero was nominated for the Preis der Nationalgalerie in 2017, which included an exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin. She also co-runs a project space in Berlin with Christopher Kline called Kinderhook & Caracas.