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Oriol Vilanova
Forjadores de Imperio
Forgers of Empire
2009
Forjadores de imperio was a series of 30 postcards published in 1939, immediately after the Spanish Civil War. In it, Ángel Hilario García de Jalón, photographer of Madrid celebrities in the 1940s, portrayed dictator Francisco Franco and his closest cohorts in the midst of the war. The widely distributed series makes clear the link between propaganda and the writing of history. Although only one of the portraits includes a weapon, the presence of medals, uniforms, hats, cloaks, flags and crucifixes gives clues that invalidate the supposed aseptic nature of the portrait. Self-proclaimed saviours of the homeland and morality, the theatricality of the images reinforces the exaltation of their triumphant ideology and the fact that they presented themselves as forgers of a new utopia. Oriol Vilanova chose to compose this mosaic of the victors in the format of a graduation photo, frequently used in academia as a collective portrait of an entire class. A subtle gesture that calls for the revision of the representation of success and victory.
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original title
Forjadores de Imperio
year of acquisition
2011
type of object
Graphic material
dimensions
30 postals: 14.3 x 9 cm c/u
Copyright
© Oriol Vilanova
registration number
R.4166
date
2009
fonds
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
media
Photographs by Jalón Ángel, c. 1939. Lithography on paper
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
original title
Forjadores de Imperio
registration number
R.4166
date
2009
year of acquisition
2011
fonds
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
type of object
Graphic material
media
Photographs by Jalón Ángel, c. 1939. Lithography on paper
dimensions
30 postals: 14.3 x 9 cm c/u
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Copyright
© Oriol Vilanova
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