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Javier Codesal

Galeria Xxi

Spain is a country of silences. A sort of tacit pact exists that certain aspects of the social order are acceptable as long as they are not mentioned—homosexuality, for example. The silence surrounding the issue of AIDS is merely an extension of this attitude. Rather than being represented by an apocalyptic iconography, the issues surrounding AIDS went nearly unnoticed until the beginning of the ’90s. And in the artistic arena, except in the paradigmatic case of Pepé Espaliu, practically no artist has dealt with these issues—not even, and this is most sobering, those artists or groups of artists who define themselves as social activists. What a strange way to carry out a sociopolitical engagement.

Días de Sida (AIDS days) is a project that Javier Codesal began in 1988. After many delays, the installation of six separate and consecutive pieces (the majority of which are Cibachromes and

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