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David Ferrando Giraut: The Accursed Stare
22 Mar - 22 Apr|
David Ferrando Giraut’s practice mainly includes video, sound and installation. His latest projects have focused on the hybridisation of natural elements, technology and socio-political organisation. For his first solo exhibition at Tenderpixel, he presents two interconnected projects which spring from his ongoing research on humans’ relation with images throughout history.
The Accursed Stare is a new, 35-minute digital animation piece, placed between an audio-visual essay, an anthropological examination and a psychedelic animation. It revolves around the reflections of an art historian in a not too distant future, as she explores different aspects of the image from its birth in the Palaeolithic through Ancient Greece and the Enlightenment, to the rise of conceptual art in the 1960s and its heritage of distrust towards aesthetic quality in ‘post- conceptual art’. The work brings to light today’s cult of individualism through consumerism.
CATOPTROPHILIA (2013) is a 3D animation structured around the encounter between two objects, belonging to distant time periods, but connected through their complex set of symbolic functions: an Egyptian hand mirror from the New Kingdom (XV. century BC) dedicated to Hathor, goddess of beauty, and the iPhone 4 Elite, released by Apple, California, in 2011. The piece revolves around how the human tendency to create images has always depended on mineral resources, and the social systems that arise from the processes around it.
Finally, each of the projects comprises respectively a series of light boxes and prints, which will also form part of the installation at the gallery.
David Ferrando Giraut (b 1978, Negreira, Spain) lives and works in Gijón ES and London UK. He holds a MA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London UK (2008). He participated at the LUX Associate Programme, London UK in 2010-2011.