Juan Manuel & Castro (Proteus Syndrome Series)
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PROTEUS SYNDROME SERIES
Since the end of 2015 I have been investigating how great personalities of contemporary history and the present have coincided, almost mimetically, in postures and expressions before the camera, regardless of the time, place, situation or its meaning. Personalities that have become iconic figures within the collective imaginary both local, regional and universal. In this sense, I decided to carry out a project from a critical perspective on these figures to disrupt the symbolic domain, the relationships of power and social dependency established when we approach them. The work consists of a series of portraits made with the collage technique from archival images, which are made up of the complicity that I created when folding the photographs of some characters and superimposing them on others, corrupting the original faces and transforming them into others unrecognizable, unknown, but possible. Proteus syndrome (congenital pathology characterized by the gradual deformation of the organism) and that alludes to the Greek God Proteus, which could mutate and assume multiple forms not to be discovered, works as a metaphor for the mutations and unfolding of behavior and the personality assumed by the subjects who exercise power.
JESÚS HDEZ-GÜERO (1983)
Born in Havana, Cuba. Lives and works in Venezuela.
He studied art at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) (2004-2009), La Cátedra de “Arte de conducta”, directed by Tania Bruguera (2006-2008) and The Academy Fine Arts “San Alejandro” (1999-2003), Havana, Cuba.
He has won several prizes and artistic residences highlighting the following: FIA Young Award with 2.0 / 2, Caracas (2013); A-I-R Laboratory, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2013); BATISCAFO residence, HIVOS Foundation and Triangle Arts Truth, Havana (2008) and La Joven Estampa Award, Casa de las Americas, Havana (2003).
His major solo exhibitions are: Capital unnamed, Gallery Office # 1, Caracas, Venezuela (2014); Guns do not kill, El Anexo / Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela (2013) and cutout reality information, Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba (2007).
Among his major group exhibitions include: Iconocracia, Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art (Artium), Spain, Zona Franca, 12th Havana Biennial, The Spaces Between: Contemporary Art from Havana. Bildmuseet, Umea University, Sweden (2015); I Cineminutos International Festival of Cordoba, Argentina (2014); The Spaces Between: Contemporary Art from Havana. Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2014); TOUCHED, Liverpool Biennial. Visitor Centre, Liverpool, UK (2010); Experimental video and video-art: Artists from Cuba, Museum of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia (2009); State of exception. X Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba (2009); VII Biennial of Kwangju, South Korea (2008); States of Exchange: Artists from Cuba, Institute of International Visual Arts (IniVA), London, UK (2008), among others.
Part of his work is in the collection Mercantil, Caracas and CIFO Collection Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Miami. He currently lives and works between Cuba and Venezuela.