“The Noise, The Traces, And The Marks”


Solo exhibition at LOCAL Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile.

Text by Javier González Pesce.

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THE NOISE, THE TRACES AND THE MARKS, enhances the value given to what is left over from movement, it is the effort to look with affection at what remains as the inevitable trail when occupying spaces with a certain intensity, of occupying the city through hard and rough movement. To scrape, to live with friction. There are times when habitual dialogues between containers and contents are replaced with ones that generate encounters a little more intense and aggressive, merely functional kindness is replaced by enthusiasm for the movement and displacement as radical forces, objects in themselves.

This impetus to slightly transform the utilitarian for what is pleasant generates friction which in turn produces traces, residue, marks, hardness, which are the cost of establishing fast relationships that reconfigure the medium. All friction hurts something. What is it that makes us detest the wounds? That they hurt? That they don't establish a relationship of symmetry or order with their environment? Do they hurt us more in the skin or in the gaze? There are lifestyles that even legitimize the injury as an element of customisation of the appearance to account, visually, about issues of emotional and political nature. [Read more]

Photo documentation by:
John Forest, Natasha Lebedeva, Lúa Oliver, Ivan Murzin, Iain Emaline,
Juan David Cortés, Paul Levack, Jiyoon Chung, Juande Jarillo, Eva Carasol.
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