Starting in the mid-1980s, Felix Gonzalez-Torres created a series of works that reproduce images of crowds on puzzles, tableware, and wallpaper. He thus joined the long tradition of artists who recognized in the images of the crowd a fundamental motif of 20th-century visual production. This conference intends to address the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres based on the ambivalent nature of the crowd. On the one hand, its image may be associated with fear and annulment, as Gonzalez-Torres himself used it in “Double Fear”, included in The Politics of Relation, where he overlaid these images with enlargements of photographs of HIV taken with a microscope. On the other hand, the crowd is a powerful space to activate performative disidentification processes, one of the fundamental strategies in Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ practice though, on the other hand, and using very different aesthetic and political strategies, his main ambition was to dissolve himself in the crowd.
Pablo Martínez, MACBA Head of Programming. Foto: Miquel Coll.
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