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/ OCTAVIO ZAYA
Teresa Margolles’s “El Testigo”

CENTRO DE ARTE DOS DE MAYO (CA2M), Madrid

Teresa Margolles, PM 2010, 2012.
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Octavio Zaya

The testimony of the witness still has an important place among many artists and writers who identify their works with activist politics, dissidence, the subaltern, and the liberation strategies particularly favored in the last decade of the twentieth century. However, in these times, in which human testimony has been displaced... continue reading
Elmgreen & Dragset’s "Amigos" at Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid
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Octavio Zaya

Remember "Mr. B," the supposed predator-collector living in the Nordic Pavilion during the 2009 Venice Biennale, whom we found dead in his house pool? His cadaver has now re-emerged—so to speak—in Elmgreen & Dragset’s latest antithesis: the sauna they have opened at Helga de Alvear Gallery in Madrid. But Mr. B’s pool is not the only familiar requisite here in this newly charged historical "construction" or "scenario." From a replica of Barberini’s... continue reading
Politics and "The Political" at the 29th São Paulo Biennial
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Octavio Zaya

There are also "political scandals," some more entertaining than others. The one instigated by Roberto Jacoby's work, a sort of electoral office managed by an Argentine Brigade for Dilma Rousseff, the Workers' Party candidate to the Brazilian presidency, threatens to be milked until the end of the Biennial. According to the Biennial Foundation, a report by the Electoral Attorney General's office considered the work to be "an electoral offense," breaking the law that... continue reading

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