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Ce soir ! JHAFIS QUINTERO – Ten Years in Jail

février 25, 2014

Ce soir vernissage en présence de l’artiste Jhafis Quintero

Qui se réjouit de vous rencontrer, vous tous qui étiez là hier soir (et ceux qui n’y étaient pas tout autant…) pour écouter Marc Bonnant et Barbara Polla et découvrir le travail des artistes qui travaillent sur le thème de l’emprisonnement : un thème qui nous concerne tous – et c’est la grandeur de l’art de Quintero, de nous parler, à partir de son expérience très personnelle, de nos propres emprisonnements.

Opening Tuesday February 25 2014, 6pm
Exhibition : February 26 – March 3, 2014
Galerie Analix Forever
2 Rue de Hesse – 1204 Genève

Jhafis Quintero (born in 1973, Panama) has represented Panama at the Venice Biennial in 2013 and his work is shown for the first time in a solo show in Switzerland by Analix Forever.
Jhafis Quintero has previously spent ten years in jail (hence the title of his show), and became an artist while in prison. For him, creativity has been « essential to survive in jail », according to his own words, and « art and crime are twins in subversion ». Quintero however in no way is trying to awake our (com)passion for the victim he doesn’t want to be. « Jail », in the works by Quintero, means as much our psychological, social or emotional jails as any physical, « real » jail. Through a series of ten haiku-like videos, each of them based on a very specific sensorial experience, Quintero confronts us to our own imprisonments, inability to communicate and fears, to our own anxieties, to our own body. Of these ten videos (one for each year spent in jail), six will be shown at Analix Forever.
The power of Jhafis Quinteros’ videos lies in the fundamental transformation of a personal experience in a universal one, the exact type of conversion that makes the artist tell us « the mystical truth ». Jhafis Quintero’s art is not as much about jail than it is about our human condition.

In the video « No I » (the second of this series), two contiguous entities try to recognize each other: one male and one female. They run a failed dialogue in different languages; Spanish and Dutch; they speak but do not communicate. They remain invisible to each other, unreachable, untouchable – while remaining side by side, caught in a relentless repetition: « Tu eres mi, quien soy yo (You are me, who am I) »: an exhausting exercise.

Monday February 24, 7pm : Barbara Polla, Marc Bonnant & Jhafis Quintero on Art & Prison
If interested to attend the conference or learn more please email barbara.polla@vtx.ch

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