Iván Argote analyzes the nature of relationships in his first exhibition in Barcelona.
In the first space we see a photograph that is worth commeting. A common point in an undetermined place, a rock painted with what seems to be a small pair of pink lips. A point of reference for hikers and nature lovers that could have been built by the sum of small gestures of the different natural intervenors. But it has been done by Iván Argote. Either for the hikers and walkers, Argote in some way has made the world a little more magical with this, like the forests of Oma.
It is worth noting of all the works of the second space, two photographs of the sculptures of Isabel II and Christopher Columbus; Trusitas: Isabel entregando un contrato y Cristóbal hacia el sur (2012), situated in a square in Bogotá. Clothed with "ruanas", a type of poncho typical of the region. These photographs are taken in a performance that shows that the street is a battle field in which the urban guerrilla has the right to act. In this case it is an army without flags in which Argote shows his concerns and declares his principles. Have Isabel II and Columbus been Americanized? Or the natives Hispanized? It is a doble rhetorical question that we ask with this urban intervention. In order to answer this rhetorical question, we can recall the famous quote: "America was conquered by the indians and made independent by the Spanish" giving a twist to the thoughts established about this topic. The titled of the work also refers to the commercialization of tourism, which obviates the situation of the natives to create the image of perennial smile to greet the visitor.
This is a recommendable exhibition to think about relationships in public spaces and about our relatioships in general, because, as the exhibition concludes (physically) we see that politics play a key role in these relations. As a philosopher said, man is a political animal. A show sponsored by the DNA Gallery that although we might not like in the beginning, provokes a series of completely necessary reflections in these times of futuristic speed.
Iván Argote. Un millón de amigos. ADN Gallery. Barcelona, Spain
Joan Vila i Boix
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