Exhibition

Carlos Pazos. Tell me nothing

Tell me nothing

09 Mar. to 06 May 2007

Carlos Pazos

Carlos Pazos "Voy a hacer de mí una estrella", 1975

  • Fecha:
    21 June - 08 Oct. 2007
    Lugar:
    Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

Carlos Pazos (Barcelona, 1949) didn't want to be an artist, "If we're going to be something, let it be nothing. If we're going to be somewhere, let it be with the stars. To be a star." To this end, in 1975 he photographed himself in the role of a film star – Voy a hacer de mí una estrella – in a desperate attempt to dissolve himself in images, given the impossibility of attaining his original self.

Pazos' work is situated in a kind of no man's land between the two main forces that defined Spanish art in the second half of the twentieth century: Informalism and Conceptual Art. Pazos has been linked to Rauschenberg-style Neo-Dada, but also to Arte Povera, Surrealism and the aesthetics of silence of Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol and Marcel Broodthaers.

In spite of its apparent irony and sense of humour, his work is profoundly dramatic. Faced with the failure of the modern utopia and the questioning of all systems of representation, Pazos chooses to hide behind the mask of Narcissus, escape through the accumulation of objects and become one with the abject.

Carlos Pazos. Tell Me Nothing was the most exhaustive exhibition of the artist's work that had been held to date. Pazos also specifically produced the film Mnemocine. Película recortable, 2006-2007, as an audiovisual essay-memoir of his career.

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