José Luis Cuevas

Notes on bodies resistance: Untitled (Car)

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Observations on the resistance (2014-16) is a series exploring human’s nature and destiny as a physical-emotional vulnerable subject. The images depict an approximation to mankind fragility in constant erosion upon their existence vicissitudes in time and space. Cuevas’ Observations question the constant degradation of a social and economic system which analyzes, organizes, controls, uses, dismantles and replaces once its resistance ability is diminished. Thus, Observations on the bodies’ resistance lays out a symbolic look to some of Mexico City’s inhabitants —accomplices of their own violence and tragedy — shown as characters that exist as co-perpetrators of the system that produces them. This body of works depicts our capacity to resist our own frictions and weights in our backs.

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José Luis Cuevas

New Era: Untitled (Selva)

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New Era (2009-14) suggests a fiction about a world where man passes spiritually taciturn ways in which predominates despair with the desire for liberation and transcendence. The series evokes the malaise of a society in which man is constantly faced with his own evil and overcomes their fears. The images evoke the metaphor of the spiral that renews what withers and blooms again and again, before a symbolic -and distant, quasi-futurist rebirth of man.

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José Luis Cuevas

tes on bodies resistance: Untitled (Factory)

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Observations on the resistance (2014-16) is a series exploring human’s nature and destiny as a physical-emotional vulnerable subject. The images depict an approximation to mankind fragility in constant erosion upon their existence vicissitudes in time and space. Cuevas’ Observations question the constant degradation of a social and economic system which analyzes, organizes, controls, uses, dismantles and replaces once its resistance ability is diminished. Thus, Observations on the bodies’ resistance lays out a symbolic look to some of Mexico City’s inhabitants —accomplices of their own violence and tragedy — shown as characters that exist as co-perpetrators of the system that produces them. This body of works depicts our capacity to resist our own frictions and weights in our backs.

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José Luis Cuevas

Notes on bodies resistance: Untitled (Fog)

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Observations on the resistance (2014-16) is a series exploring human’s nature and destiny as a physical-emotional vulnerable subject. The images depict an approximation to mankind fragility in constant erosion upon their existence vicissitudes in time and space. Cuevas’ Observations question the constant degradation of a social and economic system which analyzes, organizes, controls, uses, dismantles and replaces once its resistance ability is diminished. Thus, Observations on the bodies’ resistance lays out a symbolic look to some of Mexico City’s inhabitants —accomplices of their own violence and tragedy — shown as characters that exist as co-perpetrators of the system that produces them. This body of works depicts our capacity to resist our own frictions and weights in our backs.

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José Luis Cuevas

Notes on bodies resistance: Untitled

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Observations on the resistance(2014-16) is a series exploring human’s nature and destiny as a physical-emotional vulnerable subject. The images depict an approximation to mankind fragility in constant erosion upon their existence vicissitudes in time and space. Cuevas’ Observations question the constant degradation of a social and economic system which analyzes, organizes, controls, uses, dismantles and replaces once its resistance ability is diminished. Thus, Observations on the bodies’ resistance lays out a symbolic look to some of Mexico City’s inhabitants —accomplices of their own violence and tragedy — shown as characters that exist as co-perpetrators of the system that produces them. This body of works depicts our capacity to resist our own frictions and weights in our backs.

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tes on bodies resistance: Untitled (Factory)

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Observations on the resistance (2014-16) is a series exploring human’s nature and destiny as a physical-emotional vulnerable subject. The images depict an approximation to mankind fragility in constant erosion upon their existence vicissitudes in time and space. Cuevas’ Observations question the constant degradation of a social and economic system which analyzes, organizes, controls, uses, dismantles and replaces once its resistance ability is diminished. Thus, Observations on the bodies’ resistance lays out a symbolic look to some of Mexico City’s inhabitants —accomplices of their own violence and tragedy — shown as characters that exist as co-perpetrators of the system that produces them. This body of works depicts our capacity to resist our own frictions and weights in our backs.

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New Era: Untitled (Palm Tree)

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New Era (2009-14) suggests a fiction about a world where man passes spiritually taciturn ways in which predominates despair with the desire for liberation and transcendence. The series evokes the malaise of a society in which man is constantly faced with his own evil and overcomes their fears. The images evoke the metaphor of the spiral that renews what withers and blooms again and again, before a symbolic -and distant, quasi-futurist rebirth of man.

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New Era: Untitled (House)

2009 – 2014
Ed. 7 + 2 A.P.
Archival pigment print

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New Era (2009-14) suggests a fiction about a world where man passes spiritually taciturn ways in which predominates despair with the desire for liberation and transcendence. The series evokes the malaise of a society in which man is constantly faced with his own evil and overcomes their fears. The images evoke the metaphor of the spiral that renews what withers and blooms again and again, before a symbolic -and distant, quasi-futurist rebirth of man.

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New Era: Untitled

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New Era (2009-14) suggests a fiction about a world where man passes spiritually taciturn ways in which predominates despair with the desire for liberation and transcendence. The series evokes the malaise of a society in which man is constantly faced with his own evil and overcomes their fears. The images evoke the metaphor of the spiral that renews what withers and blooms again and again, before a symbolic -and distant, quasi-futurist rebirth of man.

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New Era: Untitled

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New Era (2009-14) suggests a fiction about a world where man passes spiritually taciturn ways in which predominates despair with the desire for liberation and transcendence. The series evokes the malaise of a society in which man is constantly faced with his own evil and overcomes their fears. The images evoke the metaphor of the spiral that renews what withers and blooms again and again, before a symbolic -and distant, quasi-futurist rebirth of man.

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POLVO (DUST)

José Luis Cuevas (Mexico, 1973)

 

“Given the hierarchy of the body's organs, lung cancer is felt to be less shameful than rectal cancer”

Susan Sontag. Illness as a metaphor.

 

Short fragment of his extensive images, this exhibition is a non-chronological lateral approach to Jose Luis Cuevas oeuvre nourished by a certain matter: man and his traces in the animate and inanimate.

Witnessing the construction of everything from human vision, Cuevas presents an extension of himself through images that are scattered as our eccentricities in the various searches of a same beyond.

In Spanish, Polvo (Dust) is defined by the Real Academia Española as something that could be translated as the “smaller part of the very dry earth, which with any movement rises in the air” and the “set of solid particles that floats and settles on the objects”. Polvo is also slang for “coitus” and  “make-up cosmetic”.

The fragments captured by the photographer guard a world freed from its slags, where transcendence remains uncertain. Thus, Cuevas composes a purification of the sordid in subjects and objects of an ever greater universe threatened to become ashes.

Rather than proposing a set of harmoniously beautiful units, POLVO puts us before the indispensable fragmentation that resists representation. The extended view of "all" according to Cuevas, is elaborated by framing the "parts".

The glance derives from extremities to machinations that become in organs or vestiges, as if asking of what we are made of, so that the occult acquires an autonomous existence, revealing its unsettling particularity.

A certain monumentality in the volumes is reminiscent of religious iconography or forensic practice, at other times they seem diffuse as seen through the smoke of an incenser communicating us with something that transcends a liberating latitude of perception.