POLVO (DUST)

José Luis Cuevas (Mexico City, 1973)

“… in the hierarchy of the body’s organs, lung cancer
is felt to be less shameful than rectal one”
Susan Sontag in Illness as Metaphor
“the order of factors does not distort the product”
attribute to Pierre de Fermat

Short fragment of his large images’ corpus, this exhibition is a lateral, non-chronological close up to the work of José Luis Cuevas, which nurtures itself from a principal subject: the Man (o man?) and its vestiges/traces in the animated and unanimated.

Testimony of construction of a “whole” from the human vision, Cuevas presents an extension of the self, through images that disperses just like our eccentricities in the various quests of the “beyond”.

The dictionary of the Royal Academy refers to /Dust/ as the “smallest and leftovers part from very dry soil, which with any movement can go in the air” and to “the combination of solid particles that float in the air and settle on objects”. /Dust/ is also the “coit” or the “cosmetic used in makeup”.

The fragments, that captures the photographer, watch over a purified world, liberated of its scores, where the transcendence remains uncertain. In this way, Cuevas composes a purification of the sordid in
subjects and objects, from an universe always more vast, threatened to convert themselves in ashes.

More than purpose a vision of unity and harmonious beauties, in POLVO (DUST) we are in front of the essential fragmentation that resists to the representation. The extended vision of the –all- according to Cuevas, elaborates itself in the framing of its -parts/fractions-.

The gaze/vision drifts from extremities to mechanical machinations that become vital organs or vestiges, asking us of what we are made with, the fractions of a vanished one acquire an autonomous existence, revealing its troubling peculiarity.

A certain monumentality in the volumes, sometimes contained like in the religious iconography or in the forensic practice, other times diffused, like seen through the ashes of a “botafumeiro”; communicate us with something beyond the religious question, in the liberating latitude­ of perception.