Condo takes its name from ‘condominium’ and is a large-scale collaborative exhibition of international galleries. Host galleries share their spaces with visiting galleries either by co-curating an exhibition together, or dividing their galleries and allocating spaces. The initiative encourages the evaluation of existing models, pooling resources and acting communally to propose an environment that is more conducive for experimental gallery exhibitions to take place internationally. Condo is not-for-profit and participating galleries only share the costs of the opening party, design and printing, while host galleries contribute in kind by sharing their spaces.
Vanessa Carlos started the project in London in 2016 with the aim of developing Condo in four regions: Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. The project was brought to New York in 2017 by Simone Subal (Simone Subal Gallery) and Nicole Russo (Chapter NY). In 2018, Carlos aims to launch Condo in Shanghai headed by Lorraine Malingue (Edouard Malingue Gallery), with a Latin American iteration also launching that year.
Carlos/Ishikawa’s program focuses strongly on international artists with wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary and experimental practices. Artists currently represented work with performance, sound, internet, dance, film, installation and text, as well as painting and sculpture. The gallery offers many artists their first solo show in London. Represented artists have recently exhibited in institutions such as MoMA, MoMA PS1, Venice Biennial, UCCA, Palais de Tokyo, New Museum, Chisenhale and ICA amongst many others. Artists represented by the gallery include Oscar Murillo, Korakrit Arunanondchai and Darja Bajagic.
Vanessa Carlos is the Director of the gallery and originally trained as an artist at the University of Oxford, and worked previously at Stuart Shave/Modern Art and was Assistant Director at The Approach. Concurrent to her time at the Approach she was also Director of artist-run space Wallis Gallery, and curated performance events for the Barbican Art Gallery, Royal Academy and Serpentine Gallery. She currently serves on the ICA Council and has tutored at Goldsmiths University, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and Kingston University.