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Federico Guzmán

Galeria La Maquina Espaõla

The first impression one had upon entering this exhibition of Federico Guzmán’s works was a feeling of confusion. On the walls, separated from each other, an uneven group of pieces made of asphalt and paint on canvas presented signs that alluded to the boundaries of writing and public relations; perhaps this was the remains of a more complex network of symbols now nearly reduced to minimum expression. To what did that network of symbols refer?

For some time now, as a result of a collective project in which he participated in 1992 called the Cápsula de tiempo Córdoba (Cordoba time capsule), Guzmán has observed, scrutinized, and analyzed daily archaeological space. Within this space he did not attempt to tally or compute the endless elements that produce industrial waste; instead, he dealt with picking up, metaphorically speaking, that diagram of at times imperceptible energies that make up

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