Press Release

Javier Téllez: Shadow Play

  • Dates: July 12–November 18
  • Curator: Manuel Cirauqui
  • Film & Video Gallery (103)

From July 12–November 18, 2018, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Shadow Play, featuring two works by the New York–based artist Javier Téllez, a key figure in video and film-based practice in the art of recent decades. This is the second exhibition in 2018 in the Film & Video Gallery, a space at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao entirely devoted to key works of video art, video installation, and the moving image as an artistic language.

The work of Javier Téllez (b. 1969, Valencia, Venezuela) investigates the history of the moving image—its icons, social norms, and specific relational forms—while it systematically tackles institutional dynamics, disability, and mental illness as states of marginalization and cultural invisibility. Individuals living on the edges of the social and rational canon thus critically take part in the production, writing, and performance of Téllez’s films and installations, as it is the case of the two works presented at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Both Bourbaki Panorama and Shadow Play—from which the exhibition borrows its title—are the result of a collaboration with refugees seeking asylum in Switzerland, and were produced for the Kusthaus Zurich in 2014.

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