La insurrección es un…

The work’s starting point has been my concern about the state of European politics – a concern that many share. For over a decade now, the continent has been shaken by intersecting crises. Each such crisis reflects broader, transnational antagonisms, even if it is made manifest with particular intensity in a given country. Such antagonisms tend to be systemic, pointing to a fault line in European political life. Assuming the form of an ‘event’, a crisis can nonetheless indicate a longer-term destabilising process under way. The entire continent appears to be on the verge of turmoil.

The need to engage with these explosive conditions – even through the implicit, ‘abstract way’ of the visual – led me to a series of images that trace underlying signs of dislocation. Such signs tend to be excluded from a shared social view that might be seen to incubate a past, a present and, especially, a future. La insurrección es un… seeks to address what cannot be foreseen as the outcome of such social processes: the unpredictable, the tentative, the barely possible. To do so, I turned to metonymies as well as to signifiers that point to a certain open-endedness and that lend themselves to seeking new articulations but without implying their causes or identifying their goals.