Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle
Spain, 1961
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Based in Chicago since completing his academic studies there in 1989, among artists of his generation Manglano-Ovalle holds an important place on the international scene as a result of his committed work. In his artistic practice he explores social and political issues by pursuing obsessions that lead him to engage with architecture, science and economic studies of the global order. His interest in the iconic figure of Mies van der Rohe serves as a metaphor that enables him to activate scenes in which his pieces come to life, seducing viewers and leading them to ask questions related to identity and contemporary communication. In the case of Homage (de Le Baiser – The Kiss), Manglano-Ovalle takes us into the Farnsworth House, built by van der Rohe in Plano, Illinois. Using the glass building as a backdrop, the artist explores multiple themes, which he presents as metaphorical layers for reflection. The issues he tackles, which are not exclusive to this work, are: transparency as a formal element and its significance in contemporary art, along with its opposite, which is the opaque/ambiguous aspect of the situation shown in the photograph (which works as a fragment of the video of the same title); the abstract nature of narrative, which offers the possibility of free social and political interpretations; the voyeurism caused by a transparent space that is also hermetically sealed, and the isolation of the characters in this setting. Manglano-Ovalle investigates the tension of the present, a static moment from a story whose narrative is not fully revealed. The viewer must seek the keys to understanding what comes before and after, attempting to make sense of multiple layers that suggest possible readings, like a paradox of the contemporary world. This forces the viewer to actively engage with the work and respond to the artist’s questions.
Virginia Torrente

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  • Homage (de Le Baiser - The Kiss) / 2000