“El reino de la espera—Revisited” – •
Víctor Vázquez’s “El reino de la espera—Revisited” is an exhibition/set up that alludes to an earlier multidisciplinary venture, the 1990 El reino de la espera [The Realm of Awaiting], which targeted on loss through the AIDS/HIV pandemic. The brand new exhibition explores loss, absence/presence, the physique, artefacts, and reminiscence, and the way they resonate within the context of a brand new pandemic and different pure disasters.
“El reino de la espera—Revisited” opens on February 1, 2022, at Seraphin Gallery (101 Greenwood Avenue, Suite 350, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania). For a dialogue concerning the work, see our earlier publish, Víctor Vázquez: A short interview with •. See excerpts from the interview under.
The artist explains:
“Whereas up to now, the main target was on the deterioration or declining presence of the physique, right here, it had extra to do with absence, an absence that’s concurrently—and painfully—current.”
“My new work focuses on the absence/presence of the topic, fairly than on the ideas of expectation, ready, or “awaiting” one other realm. In my use of coal and charred fragments, I [. . .] allude to what’s left: recollections, the vestiges which might be left behind. [. . .] To a sure extent, the mound represents a tomb. On the similar time, upon nearer remark, it is usually a map of Puerto Rico, however not actually—it’s merely a reinterpretation of a map. And from right here, I embody the problem of mourning, particularly within the context of the pandemics (then and now), bringing it from the particular to the final. [. . .] Coal, on this specific case, refers back to the thought of what’s left: remnants, exhumed bones, a physique, a fossil; it is usually an aesthetic aspect. I’m making an attempt to ascertain a relationship between the ephemeral state of the spirit (denoted by the ethereal, smooth, translucent curtains) and what’s grotesque, crude, uncooked.”
Learn the total interview at https://repeatingislands.com/2021/12/11/victor-vazquez-a-brief-interview-with-repeating-islands/
For extra data and a photograph gallery, see https://www.seraphingallery.com/upcoming-exhibitions
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