By Maurizio Guerrero. Correspondent
New York, Feb. 13 (Notimex).- Four works by Mexican artist Manuel Solano were included in the Triennial of the New Museum in New York, an exhibition that in its fourth edition is considered one of the most important showcases of emerging artists worldwide.
Solano (Mexico City, 1987) participates with four portraits painted last year in his study of Satellite ex profeso for the exhibition that opened on Tuesday to the public, and which brings together the work of 26 artists and collectives from 19 countries until May 27.
Titled "Songs for Sabotage", the exhibition aims to address the connection between images and culture that structures our society, as well as constituting "a call to action, an active engagement and an interference in political and social structures ".
In an interview with Notimex, Solano said that his participation in the Triennial of the New Museum "has put into perspective many things about my own work, and it is an honor to represent my country and my generation."
These four portraits "synthesize my work very well so far but also project it in new directions. For this body of work each painting represented a new challenge or the use of new methods," said Solano.
According to the curators, Gary Carrion-Murayari and Alex Gartenfeld, "Solano's work expands towards areas of wish and desire, gender construction, trans identity, song covers, music videos, films, disability and moments recreated from his imagination".
The works were created three years after Solano was declared blind as a result of an infection contracted in relation to his condition as an HIV carrier. Now, Solano creates because with certain light he still manages to capture certain colors and shapes.
"Blindness helped me see what my work is about, and it's about me. And it helped me see how important that is for my work and in the art world. Not always one finds identity and honest art, and I like to believe that that is what I am doing,” he said.
The curators considered that Solano plays with issues of restraint and impotence to represent his own experience of life with a disability, describing it as endemic in a capitalist world in which we all identify with certain limitations.
"His figures transmit intense and sometimes dissonant emotions, from loneliness and alienation to sensuality and inspiration," according to the curators.
In that sense, Solano added that another of the conceptual axes of his work is "my sense of humor". He pointed out: "all my pieces are one way or another fun for me. I always try to find something that makes me laugh in my proposals."
The exhibition in New York follows the successful participation of Solano at the Zona Maco art fair and an individual exhibition in 2016 at the Carrillo Gil Art Museum in Mexico City, entitled "Punchis Punchis Punchis Pum Pum Punchis Punchis Punchis".
About his plans as an artist, Solano said he intends to make more sculptures because his intention is to diversify his work and remain active as a multidisciplinary creator. He clarified: "although I will never leave the painting, no matter how much I hate it. I have a hard time painting."