Rogelio López Cuenca

Galería Juana de Aizpuru

Juan Goytisolo, one of Spain’s most combative novelists, has on many occasions addressed his country’s contemptuous attitude toward Muslim culture. Yet the proximity of the Spanish and Moroccan coasts, and what’s more, a shared history, have left a strong mark on our architecture as well as our language. Astonishingly, the contributions of the Maghreb are still mostly ignored, but one exception is in the work of Rogelio López Cuenca. His exhibition “El paraíso es de los extraños” (Paradise belongs to outsiders; all works 2001)—the outsiders here being- Muslim immigrants—emerges from the artist’s reading of an illustrious group of writers who have helped construct the image of the Orient. He has accumulated texts by Marc Augé, Charles Baudelaire, Amin Maalouf, Tarek el-Bechn, Abdelwahab Bouhdiba, Azorín, and José Zorrilla—significant figures from French and Spanish culture as well as writers

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