Angel Vergara’s diptyque “Berlusconi Pasolini”, presented here at news of the world, juxtaposes the position of these two public figures with the mass media: Pasolini denouncing its standardising effect, its flattening of Italian society into sterile conformity (including the conformity in contestation), Berlusconi in control of the national media, but in the end powerless to govern.
Through sometimes aggressive, at other times tentative, paint brushstrokes, the video work also focuses on the powerlessness of the artist in apprehending, fixing, the flow of news and daily political feuilleton, nevertheless pointing to the need to maintain a constant and inflexible critical mind.
Angel Vergara is currently showing in ARTandPRESS at Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin and represented Belgium at the Venice Biennale 54th international art exhibition in 2011. Other recent solo exhibitions and projects have included ’Monday: Firework; Tuesday: Illuminations; Wednesday: Revolution’, Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels in 2010; Stella Lohaus Gallery, ARCO, Madrid in 2009 ’Angel Vergara. Nous, les oeuvres d’art…’ at Etablissement d’en face projects, Brussels 2008 Art Premiere (with Joëlle Tuerlinckx), Stella Lohaus Gallery, Art Basel 2007 EACC, l’espai d’art contemporani de Castelló, Spain ’Straatman’s Happy entry into Brussels’, Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp; ’Portraits’, MAC’s Grand Hornu, Belgium 2006 ’Actes et Tableaux – Retransmissions –’, MAC’s, Grand-Hornu, Begium; ’El Callajero’, Cultureel Centrum Strombeek-Bever, Belgium. He is represented by Almine Rech Gallery. This is Angel Vergara’s first exhibition in London.