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LAST CHANCE Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck: Instrumentalized
7 March 2018Free
The Berlin-based Venezuelan artist Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck returns to Dubai with another thought-provoking exhibition. Instrumentalized brings together two bodies of work that confront the “propagandisation” of human rights in the current climate in which human tragedy is used as a tool by governments, artists, NGOs and other public bodies to advance specific ideological agendas.
Part of an ongoing series, Chronoscope 1952 (2017) reappropriates broadcast images from the Longines-sponsored public affairs show of the same name in 1952. Covering issues such as the Korean War, the intensifying Israeli-Palestinian crisis and the draft of the United Nations Human Rights Charter, the reworked show – projected in a single-channel video in front of a stately Chesterfield sofa – makes patent both the prevalence of propaganda in furthering an American democratic ideology, and the complicity of media in that endeavour.
Instrumentalized (2017) is a series of objects that behave like paintings and sculptures. Unlike Chronoscope 1952, with its strategy of laying bare the political narrative, Instrumentalized retreats into itself, aiming to foreclose any possible reading from the outside.