Patrimonio y algo más…
Valentín Demarco
Isla Flotante
02.08.19 | 13.09.19

Valentín Demarco (Olavarría, 1986) exhibited at Isla Flotante a group of works that combine video, photography, and metalsmithing. The title of the exhibition—in English, Patrimony and Something Else—makes reference to the comic show Matrimonios y algo más, aired in Argentina from 1968 to 2001. Demarco comes from a family of craftspeople. He forged in silver mate gourds of different shape, diameter, and length. All but one of them were displayed in a velvet-lined case; the other was placed on a cylindrical pedestal in the center of the gallery. Those same mate gourds or porongos were used in the four scenes of the video piece and in the three photographs on exhibit. The project brought together, then, vernacular crafts and multimedia production to explore, with irony and humor, local conventions and the figure of the international contemporary artist.

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Valentín Demarco, Patrimonio y algo más, 2019, vista de exhibición en Isla Flotante: Ph: Gentileza de Isla Flotante

Each of the scenes in the video shows a domestic or everyday situation with characters drinking mate, an Argentine infusion: a couple lying in bed, two women conversing in a kitchen, a bodybuilder in his living room, and a couple in a car at the side of the road. In each one, the artist poses nude in twisted posture, holding the metal mate gourd in his anus as the characters go about their business, sipping mate. The photographic images playfully engage the question of gender, showing the nude body holding up the porongos in explicitly erotic poses. Lastly, resting on a set of shelves in wood and red pitch—the material that holds the pieces in place while they are smithed—are small objects like vases and lighters as if the production process were ongoing. They show, then, how local silversmithing is used for a wide range of everyday objects.

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Valentín Demarco, Patrimonio y algo más, 2019, vista de exhibición en Isla Flotante: Ph: Gentileza de Isla Flotante
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Valentín Demarco, Patrimonio y algo más, 2019, vista de exhibición en Isla Flotante: Ph: Gentileza de Isla Flotante

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