Exposición 'Toda utopía pasa por la barriga' de Carlos Garaicoa

CARLOS GARAICOA. ‘Toda utopía pasa por la barriga’

Artist: Carlos Garaicoa
Exhibition title: Toda utopía pasa por la barriga
Curator: Lillebit Fadraga
Date: 20.06.2024 – 01.09.2024
Place: CAAM. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. España.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm. and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Co-Production: Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) & Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma

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Exposición 'Toda utopía pasa por la barriga' de Carlos Garaicoa

The driving force of Carlos Garaicoa’s poetics for the past thirty years has been architecture, with ruin serving as an aggravating factor and leitmotiv. Nevertheless, this exhibition has enabled us to bring together works that, although not exclusively, at least consistently, refer to a concern for our place in the natural order.  The artist’s quarantine during the pandemic also afforded him an opportunity for introspection, leading to a renewed focus on drawing and works that incorporated more pronounced and frequent references to natural elements. The focus of attention has shifted from the conventional architectural elements to the vegetation depicted in the image of a tree that grows and simultaneously demolishes an already damaged building with its roots.

Behind every contemporary city lies a past—and a present—of violence, abuse, and usurpation that extends beyond human actions, affecting displaced animals and devastated plants, reaching to polluted air and to overexploited resources. In recent decades, we have become increasingly aware, though still insufficiently, of the catastrophic impact of our unrestrained consumption, or in other words, of our life on Earth. It is imperative to identify a model of harmonious coexistence between humanity and the natural world, as in the past two centuries, we have been progressively excluding ourselves from being part of this unifying concept par excellence. Nature is what we are, however we act. Nonetheless, a balance must be struck between these dissident human beings and the rest; between that world of proto-futuristic architecture that we admire so much and the jungle.

From the microscopic virus to the top of the food chain, natural resistance represents an extremely efficient defence mechanism. This is the sole means of survival in the face of the onslaught of antibiotics or totalitarianism. Carlos Garaicoa, the Cuban-Spanish artist, can comprehend and reproduce these signals with unparalleled accuracy. The only possible formula for adaptation and physical and intellectual reclamation is one that is equal parts of both.

Lillebit Fadraga

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