Ramón Mateos, "La Distancia Insalvable (The Insurmountable Distance)" | Galería Hilario Galguera, Mexico
February 1, 2022
Freijo Gallery, in collaboration with Galería Hilario Galguera, presents the solo exhibition of artist Ramón Mateos, called La Distancia Insalvable (The Insurmountable Distance), which will open on February 2nd at Galería Hilario Galguera, Mexico City.
Mateos' work emphasizes current critical situations of social, political, economic and human nature, through a multidisciplinary platform and artistic activism.
One of the main pieces in this exhibition, X, consists of an installation of 80 pieces made of concrete, using casts taken from the backs of different people, who for various reasons live on the street, expelled by the system from its records and now known as "homeless" people. In these casts, details such as skin, wounds, hair and shapes are accurately recorded. The installation of the backs will be placed on the gallery floor, forcing visitors to step over them. We also present a video piece, Las improbabilidades infinitas (Infinite Improbabilities), in which our gaze is reflected and identified in that of strangers, raising questions about our own situation in the world and its causes. Finally, we include Bandera (Flag), a large format drawing made in ink on polypropylene thermal blanket, where, through repetitive gestural acts, its surface has been covered until only the shape of the stars of the European flag is visible; the medium is a blanket like the ones used to treat hypothermia of illegal migrants picked up in the Mediterranean.