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Analogies, 1991

Installation, 1 fotografia: 240 x 350 cm; 1 peça de màrmol: 150 x 90 cm

The Medusa image sculpted by Bernini in the 17th century is used by Francesc Abad to activate reflection on the power of the mass media in the construction of the contemporary gaze. This character from classical mythology, who turned everyone who dared to look at her into stone, could only be defeated by the skill of Perseus, who was able to draw near to her by having Medusa reflected in the shield he was carrying. “The human being no longer communicates directly; the communicative process is developed by means of mediating processes. The Medusa-TV analogy articulates the capacity to resist seduction.” Who is the one who must cut off the head of this contemporary Medusa, following on the artist’s analogy? Who might be so bold as to unmask media spectacularity, all the while staring truth in the face?


Technical details

Original title:
Analogies
Registration number:
RT.0012
Artist:
Abad, Francesc
Date created:
1991
Status:
On display
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term. Gift of Rafael Tous (in process of being incorporated)
Object type:
Installation
Media:
C-Prtin, golden wooden frame, marble stele and single-channel video, colour, sound, loop
Dimensions:
1 fotografia: 240 x 350 cm; 1 peça de màrmol: 150 x 90 cm (height x width x depth)
Room:
Meier Building, Level 0
Credits:
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of Barcelona City Counil. Gift of Rafael Tous
Copyright:
© Francesc Abad, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:
No

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Gold does not take on any dirt. And gold, just are diamonds, is an exalted material. It possesses such a degree of abstraction that it encounters you –if you use it artistically– on an already exalted level.
James Lee Byars