New Babylon. Whether or Not to Appoint a Work as Art is a Tactical Decision. Marcelo Expósito

Curators Valentín Roma, Cuauhtémoc Medina

After Barcelona's La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Casa de Iberoamérica in Cadiz and UNAM's Museum of Contemporary Art - MUAC in Mexico City, the exhibition Nueva Babilonia. Designar o no un trabajo como arte es una decisión táctica [New Babylon. Whether or Not to Appoint a Work as Art is a Tactical Decision], is now coming to A Coruña thanks to the Fundación Luis Seoane, where it will run until October. This is the first career retrospective of artist, cultural critic, and activist Marcelo Expósito.

Marcelo Expósito (b. Puertollano, 1966) has been working since the eighties. Four decades in which he has produced a heterogeneous body of work touching on philosophical, historical, cultural and political issues. The title of this exhibition alludes to the imaginary city envisioned by Dutch painter Constant. It is a compilation of over fifty pieces ranging from a critique of cultural models and the dominance of neoliberal thought, the analysis of the visual aesthetics of Francoism, the creation of the historiographical narrative about the end of the dictatorship and the transition to democracy in Spain, the formation of identities in the face of hegemonic cultural narratives and the actions of contemporary social movements, among other subjects.

Some of the pieces have been created especially for the show, like Dulces sueños de una vida mejor [Sweet Dreams of a Better Life], to which Fundación Luis Seoane has loaned two drawings from Luis Seoane’s book Trece estampas de la traición.

New Babylon. Whether or Not to Appoint a Work as Art is a Tactical Decision has been co-produced by La Virreina Centre de la Imatge de Barcelona, UNAM’s Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) (Mexico City), Casa de Iberoamérica in Cádiz and Fundación Luis Seoane in A Coruña.