Analogies, 1991

Media installation, 1 photograph: 240 x 350 cm; 1 marble piece: 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?

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Abad, Francesc
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MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term. Gift of Rafael Tous (in process of being incorporated)
Object type:
Media installation
C-Print, golden wooden frame, marble stele and single-channel video, colour, sound, loop
1 photograph: 240 x 350 cm; 1 marble piece: 150 x 90 cm (height x width x depth)
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of Barcelona City Council. Gift of Rafael Tous
© Francesc Abad, VEGAP, Barcelona
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