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Viviana Zargón
“Palais des Machines”, 15 pieces, 2011 Canvas, Acrylic Paint, Abstract Painting




Argentine artist Viviana Zargón shows us these empty, uninhabited spaces. Their enormous skeletons put into sharp relief the economic and social collapse of the modernist dream. From an archeological perspective, the artist explores their symbolism and corners to invite us to reflect on their unfulfilled promises as well as on the fate of production and labor today. One of these buildings, the Palais des Machines, was created for the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris to demonstrate the global importance of French industrial power. It embodies the utopia of the beginnings of industrial capitalism and the attempts of that Gallic country to become one of the world’s most powerful nations. Other images correspond to companies which, for a variety reasons, are no longer in operation. They have left behind some factory fossils that are testament to the audacity of their commercial endeavor. Today we see them as spaces laden with poignant historical memories, as locations that shaped the social profile of a time when we grew and from which we still have difficulty extricating ourselves completely. Viviana Zargón encourages us to contemplate our recent past, no longer for the purpose of refreshing our historical memory but rather with the clear intention of reflecting on the world today. Her work reverberates with the echoes of projects and ideals that still summon us and of which we are a consequence, to some extent. Her archeological perspective is analytical rather than nostalgic, yet her exploration is poetic rather than scientific: it is not based on precise statistics but on illusions, the roads traveled and the heart. Rodrigo Alonso Curator and art critic


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    Viviana Zargón (Argentinian)
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    Height: 11.03 in. (28 cm)Width: 18.12 in. (46 cm)Depth: 0.79 in. (2 cm)
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    San Jose, CR
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    Seller: ZARGON 0071stDibs: LU142826860052

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