All the Lands from Sunrise to Sunset
Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria
17 January - 29 February 2020
One shouldn’t be surprised by the apparent repetitions in human history; on the contrary certain patterns can be understood as nature expressing itself. Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck seems inclined to identifying some of these patterns, as provocative as they may be. Distilling irony into humor, he focuses on the human nature behind cyclical events of history. Analyzing the domineering modern Western worldview, he proposes an understanding of contemporary global culture as one more entangled, more decentered and more tongue in cheek.
For his third solo exhibition at Galerie Martin Janda, Balteo-Yazbeck has collaged and assembled materials and topics from advertising, propaganda, the news, social media, sleek technologies and even interior design. He has also enlisted some artist-friends by including their works, thereby adding to each other’s anthropocentric anxieties. In his most recent series, All the Lands from Sunrise to Sunset (2018), different iterations of this age-old maxim evoke the evolution of hubris for more than four thousand years up until the present. Spelled in extremely colorful collages and encoded as hashtags or email addresses such as Britain1821@SunNeverSets.co.uk, they resemble cut-out-letter ransom notes.