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Hugo Llanes: And When The Sun Rises, I Look at The Sun

20 April30 April

With ‘When The Sun Rises, I Look at The Sun’, Hugo Llanes proposes to reframe domestication, exploitation, and the introduction of certain crops as an example of socio-political events, namely the arrival of the Spanish to the Americas, and the evolution of the agricultural industries built in the Latin American context.
Focusing on land and cultural motifs, with the sugar industry of the Veracruz region of Mexico—the artist’s place of origin—as reference, Llanes depicts the relationship between the semi-rural labourer, industrialisation of the land and the traditions that might emerge from it. Here, Llanes makes the twin gestures of painting with ashes from a sugarcane field, and burning the canvas in order to build a composed installation consisting of fired wheat, cotton, cane and stainless steel.
These gestures seek to catalyse a conversation about the complexities of living in a contemporary world sustained by extractivist practices, immoderate consumption and crops that are the foundation of capitalist trade policies.

🤝 Hugo Llanes is an artist based in Iceland. He has a BA from Universidad Veracruzana and holds a MA in Fine Arts from the Iceland University of the Arts. His work involves the study of social-political cracks and aesthetics that erupt from them. Llanes looks at social circumstances, such as food migration, the abuse of power, economic disparity and the food supply chain. To depict these, he employs artistic research and mediums such as maintenance art, performance, installation, site-specific, participatory art, video art, and extended painting. He believes that the personal is a microsystem that is exposed to a global sphere.

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20 April
30 April
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Associate Gallery
Köllunarklettsvegi 4
Reykjavík, 104 Iceland
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