Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck at Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria
Electoral Autocracy (Venezuelan Case)
30 November 2016 - 14 January 2016
In Electoral Autocracy, his third solo exhibition at the gallery, Balteo-Yazbeck combines previously existing and recent works to broadly examine the chaos of his home country, probing the problematical historic narratives that bring us to our present.Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck frequently engages in a research-based practice that confronts cultural, political, and socioeconomic subjects. His works directly comment on, question, and provide specific definition to our perceptions of power.In the photo-series Nostalgic Apparatus (1998), Balteo-Yazbeck confronts the achievements of past dictatorships – specifically that of the architectural contributions to Caracas in the 1950’s. Through a calculated and thoughtful installation of all of the included works, Electoral Autocracy provides a glimpse of the countless examples, circumstances and events that have brought Venezuela to its current political state.