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Agua negra, 2013 Printed canvas with ink intervention. Black crystal recipients filled with ink, acrylics and water. at the museum of contempora… Read More
Agua negra, 2013 Printed canvas with ink intervention. Black crystal recipients filled with ink, acrylics and water. at the museum of contemporary art Carrillo Gill México DF Read Less
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Ciler (Alexis Mata) takes on ukiyo-e iconography through intervention techniques and Kabuki theatre performers’ portrait distortion, firstly made by Uchida Kuichi in the Meiji period (1868-1912). It is parting from the simultaneity of continuous and discontinuous visuals that this photographs’ subjects and characters -kept alive through this period (shashin: real copy) and presented using the ukiyo-e’s-, with which the artist displays new meanings of the “pictures of a floating word” concept.
All three pictures chosen for this assignment, juxtapose the displacement of the original representations, as they dialogue with the ukiyo-e’s, from the engravings to the photographies. Such displacement along foundations and visual mechanisms allows a new way to look at the same reference: Kabuki theatre performers.
The artwork, conceived as an installation, represents itself the ukiyo-e term, metaphorically -“pictures of a floating word”- by reflecting each photograph on its black water mirrors.