6474_001_pub--imatge-analogies
6474_001_pub--imatge-analogies
Francesc Abad
Analogies
1991
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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original title
Analogies
year of acquisition
2023
type of object
Media installation
dimensions
1 photograph: 240 x 350 cm; 1 marble piece: 150 x 90 cm
Copyright
© Francesc Abad, VEGAP, Barcelona
registration number
R.6474
date
1991
fonds
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of the Barcelona City Council
media
C-Print, golden wooden frame, marble stele and single-channel video, colour, sound, loop
credits
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of Barcelona City Council. Gift of Rafael Tous
original title
Analogies
registration number
R.6474
date
1991
year of acquisition
2023
fonds
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of the Barcelona City Council
type of object
Media installation
media
C-Print, golden wooden frame, marble stele and single-channel video, colour, sound, loop
dimensions
1 photograph: 240 x 350 cm; 1 marble piece: 150 x 90 cm
credits
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of Barcelona City Council. Gift of Rafael Tous
Copyright
© Francesc Abad, VEGAP, Barcelona
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