Like a Silent Poet
Sidi el Karchi
from February 12, 2014 to March 29, 2014
Curator: Manuel G. Freijo
Regarding the discussion that has been held since ancient Greece, painting vs. poetry, the one in which Plutarch immortalizes the quote from Simonides, "Painting is mute poetry, and poetry is a talking painting." In it, two artistic expressions that come from the same place, from pathos, from the place of emotions and feelings, as the Greeks would say, have been equated. Lustrums ago Horace exclaimed "Like painting, so is poetry". And throughout the history of mankind we can find this discussion, again and again, from Da Vinci to contemporary artists like the one that concerns us. The work of Sidi el Karchi, is carried out in classical media, such as canvas or paper; in it we can feel the tranquillity of Hockney's work and at the same time the cruelty of Bacon; it is clear a search for a silence .... a particular silence, based on isolating the human figure, to focus his gaze on the human condition, on the pathos.
Simonides: Poema pictura loquens, pictura poema silens
Horace: Ut pictura poesis.
Mateo Rosas de Oquendo