Fernando Sánchez Castillo

FERNANDO SANCHEZ CASTILLO

The work of Sánchez Castillo often employs the absurd and irony to demystify the ideologicaluse of power and especially the values which it takes on.


FERNANDO SÁNCHEZ CASTILLO

Rich Cat Dies of Heart Attack in Chicago, 2004
Video Still
Courtesy the artist

Using different techniques ranging from sculpture to video to installation, Fernando Sánchez Castillo’s exploration addresses the significance of the monument in contemporary culture. In particular, the Spanish artist focuses on today’s change in value of the monument,dominated by an enormous amount of mass media information. For the exhibition, the artist presents the video Rich Cat Dies of Heart Attack in Chicago, in which various attempts to destroy a bronze sculptureexpress the desire to cancel a symbol of power. The work of Sánchez Castillo often employs the absurd and irony to demystify the ideologicaluse of power and especially the values which it takes on. In a series of works, entitled Barricades, the artist builds barricades using various objects, transforming the symbol of protest into something different and challenging through the use of bronze, the material with which normally monuments, an expression of power, are built.

Fernando Sánchez Castillo was born in 1970 in Madrid, Spain, where he lives and works. Among his solo exhibitions are: Guernica Syndrome, Kunstverein Braunschweigh,Braunschweig (2012); Método del Discurso,Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga,Malaga (2011); The Unresolved Tension Between Two Forms of Resistance, De Vleeshal, Middelburg (2008); Parti de la Peur, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2007); Abajo la inteligencia, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, MUSAC, León (2007). His notable group exhibitions include: Fiction and Reality, Moscow Museum of Modern Art – MMOMA, Moscow (2011); The People United Will Never Be Defeated, TENT, CentrumBeeldende Kunst, Rotterdam (2010); Evento, Bordeaux Biennale, Bordeaux (2009); Bad Boys,50. Venice Biennale, Venice (2003).



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