The artist Declan Clarke took up his residency at Simple Estudios, responding to the specific political histories in Santa Cruz and La Paz. His research in Bolivia has led to various works and works in progress including Come Home Gringo (2007, video 8mins), and works in sculpture and photography. His approach depends on immersive research and understanding of specific political contexts from a European perspective, whilst retaining a keen awareness of his personal situatedness.
Recent solo exhibitions by Clarke include Trauma and Romance Gallery 3 off-site project curated by Gavin Delahunty, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Mine Are of Trouble Art Now Lightbox, Tate Britain both 2006 and recent group projects and exhibitions include Left Pop, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow Biennale 2007, Enthusiasm curated by Grant Watson and Sarah Pearce, Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair London 2006, Encounters with the Subordinary, Hornsey Pumphouse, London, 2005, Communism, Project, Dublin, 2005 and International Residency Programme, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, 2003.
Simple Estudios is a design and visual communication organisation in Bolivia, set up by artists in order to produce and part fund a programme of non profit activities ranging from exhibitions and conferences, to educational outreach projects involving local communities.
Kiosko is Simple Studios’ gallery, intended as a platform for debate and open to the various artistic manifestations ranging from design to the fine arts. Simple/ Kiosko work with local and international artists, supporting them in developing new work by offering them a space and the practical, as well as curatorial, support in developing new ideas and showing them to the wider public. Simple/Kiosco is born out of the desire to create a permanent space for exchange of ideas and for stimulating the dialogue between the art world and the social context.
The residency culminated in the solo exhibition of new works Rebellion and Plots Ripen Like Fruit at Kiosko in May 2007.