Autocratic Nostalgia: Venezuelan Contemporary Landscapes at Henrique Faria Fine Art
31 March - 6 May 2017
Opening Reception: Friday March 31, 6 - 9 pm
Henrique Faria Fine Art is pleased to present Autocratic Nostalgia: Venezuelan Contemporary Landscapes, Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. The works in the exhibition span twenty years of the artist’s career. Since the mid-nineties, Balteo-Yazbeck has developed a hybrid practice that incorporates, across various mediums, the activities of a researcher, archivist and curator. His productions formally resemble or incorporate the works of others and stress notions of authorship and cultural authority. Also for Balteo-Yazbeck, the exhibition design is an inseparable part of the artworks’ conception, calling attention to the way our environments are mediated and configured by different layers of power. This exhibition specifically looks at the current landscape of Venezuela, one that is both simultaneously mired in widespread scarcity and uncertainty and suspended by the memories of the country’s past cultural and economic greatness. In his choice of images, Balteo-Yazbeck attempts to break down this schizophrenic reality by examining the power of nostalgia and its ability to shape how the present is seen and experienced.