Francisco Ruiz de Infante

La Gallera

Although the protests against the unjust war waged by the Bush administration on Iraq with the support of the Spanish and English governments have been massive, especially in Europe, it is difficult to speak of a clear response from artistic circles. In the case of Francisco Ruiz de Infante’s exhibition “Black Sky,” for instance, the artist did not put forth a rousing, propagandist formulation of a political position. The drawings, sketches, and texts that represent Ruiz de Infante’s initial reflections on this installation demonstrate, rather, the urge to subvert a space that is at once blood-soaked and beautiful.

La Gallera is one of the most peculiar art venues in Spain today. A dodecagon in three stories, it was originally designed for the presentation of cockfights. Perhaps it is logical, then, that questioning violence is a capital concern for an artist using this site. “Black Sky”

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