January 22 – March 15, 2015
Art has the aptitude to activate denunciative conjunctures attending political and social paradigms, regarding government control, economic and ideological domination.
Interpelaciones [Interpellations] by artist Adán Vallecillo (Honduras, 1977) aims to identify the characteristics that determine the political component in Latin-American Art today—raising its issues for further consideration—while signaling the influence of some of the most emblematic artists that have worked in this field from mid 20th century through-out present time.
The project comprises three elements, Action: an actor characterized as David Alfaro Siqueiros addresses the assistants during opening date; Installation: Vallecillo recovers the poem “A Siqueiros al partir” (“To Siqueiros upon parting”) written by Pablo Neruda when he visited Siqueiros in jail while enduring a sentence which declared him guilty of participating in social dissolution activities between 1960 and 1964. Dissolutions: as a second stage of the exhibition program, dialogue panels will be realized with artists, critics and curators challenged to debate about the relation between art and politics departing from the production means implicated in/by the work of art within broader culture.
Vallecillo questions the location and conditions where similar artists regard certain points of inflexion inside political and economic systems in Latin America. What causes Latin-American Contemporary art—mainly those works with a forceful political agenda—to reign over the art market? How do changes in political paradigms have influenced artistic production? These are some of the interrogations that rise from gestures enunciated within an abstract point of view—close to Vallecillo’s artistic practice.
The curatorial proposal allocates art and politics as spaces for destabilization where borders exist only through ongoing reformulation processes. Polemic and unstable in an inherent manner, art and politics work out as experience and action arenas where social signifiers are generated, instituted and questioned, yet in some cases they are even homologated—thus, creating hegemonies—.
Vocals: Mónica Montes
The audio-production for this artwork depends upon collaboration with Ibero 90.9.
Agustín Peña, Cultural Contents
Alejandro Lopez, Production
Anna Stephens, Public Relations