The Unfaithful Replica
group show curated by Nuria Enguita and Nacho París
Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Madrid, Spain
18 March – 25 September 2016
The history of the production of images in the West is inextricably bound to their function as a medium or instrument at the service of external, magical, religious or political ends. However, since the advent of modernism, artworks, art practices and the exhibition as event would seem to have diligently conquered the status of total autonomy. The problem is that this conquest might be just apparent, given that, rather than giving art its own voice to question the meaning of what exists, it has simply relegated it to an institutionalised social place disengaged from collective beliefs, as an activity that exists outside of the experience of living and only takes on meaning when referring back to itself. This diffuse aesthetisation is sustained on a contemplative reception that ultimately returns art production to its theological origins, to a realm of theory external to the work, in which we find traces of the dominant idealism in contemporary society.
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