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Roots + Culture, Chicago, Illinois, USA
September 7, 2018 – October 6, 2018
Time shifting images exploiting the ambiguities inherent in historicizing the legacy of documentary and representational forms are at the center of new work by Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez. Employing diverse material from the recent past such as Playboy interviews with the Sandinista National Liberation Front, and declassified School of the America’s psychological operations manuals to question the history of cultural consensus that grows around these subjects. Rodriguez’s work exposes the anomalies that affect the materiality of a picture, document, or fact when transposed from its original historical context to the present time, and the relationship of textual and visual information to address broader critical questions.
Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez works with photography video and multi screen installation to examine the slippage between time and the act of image creation. His most recent work has been presented in exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Worm Gallery, Valparaiso; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; MAMA Annex, Los Angeles, and a solo exhibition at the Windor Contemporáneo in Madrid. In 2015 he was a participant in the Program for Advanced Studies in Critical Practices at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. He has studied at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, received a B.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an M.F.A from the University of Pennsylvania.