London

Juan Dávila

Chisenhale Gallery

A vast patchwork of images varying in size, means of execution, and culture of origin, this exhibition included paintings, newsprint, collage, textiles, and laser prints interspersed with various kitschy objects. The ensemble carpeted most of the gallery’s considerable space, leaving only a narrow walkway around the edge. As if to exacerbate this very direct physical decentering, each spectator was provided with red/green 3-D specs through which to make some sense of the bicolored frieze running round the bottom of the walls, and of the texts printed on the floor pieces.

In its overall form the installation resembled an AIDS quilt, but it could also be described as a cultural map, a political inquiry, a collection of popular fables, and a street artist’s pitch. Everywhere, of course, there were familiar images. Signature artistic styles, figures of historical or political importance, and

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