LUIS HERNÁNDEZ MELLIZO PROPOSES A NEW WAY OF UNDERSTANDING PATRIOTIC SYMBOLS
The recent project by Colombian artist Luis Hernández Mellizo is exhibited at Nueveochenta gallery and invites the expectators to think about the political and social expressions of certain objects. In "The construction of a better world" he questions the way patriotic symbols and their possible meanings are understood.
Through symbolic objects such as shields, maps, sculptures or monuments, Hernández Mellizo examines the meaning of concepts such as nation, identity, Latin America, among others.
"The title of the exhibition refers to the paradoxes that evoke the elements selected to construct each of the pieces. For example, the 'deformed' geopolitical map proposes a decolonial perspective narrative on the construction of Latin America. Likewise, the frotagge plaques evoke the invisibilization of human rights, and the monuments question the commemoration of events or subjects, as well as the identity’s basis in a community," says Luciana Rizo, the curator in charge of the exhibition.
The research of Luis Hernández Mellizo (Bogota, 1978) develops from a critical view of the local context, the resignification of political discourses and the relationship between city, art and society. He addresses different concerns related to the painter's activity –seen from a material, historical and conceptual point of view– and the artist's place in society.
He holds a Master's Degree in Combined Artistic Languages from the Universidad Nacional de las Artes de Buenos Aires and is a Plastic Artist from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has done artistic residencies in spaces such as BijlmAIR (Amsterdam) and URRA (Buenos Aires) and has exhibited in cities such as Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, Ghent, Bogota, Cali and Medellin.
He lives and works between Bogotá and Buenos Aires.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BETTER WORLD | Solo exhibition by Luis Hernández Mellizo.
Curated by Luciana Rizo.
Until September 26, 2022.
Nueveochenta - Diagonal 68 # 12 - 42, Bogotá, Colombia.