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Javier Codesal

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A pioneer in the use of video in Spanish art, Javier Codesal could be considered a multimedia artist but for the dubious connotations that term has acquired. He is a creator who uses words and images with the same degree of intensity, without differentiating between them. He expresses himself through films, poetry, installations involving video and sculpture, and other media. At times he combines them, at times he doesn’t. Although not one of those artists who makes the medium an end in itself, neither does Codesal simply dabble; instead, he uses his various media rigorously, displaying wide technical and, as it were, grammatical knowledge. His words and imagery being complementary, each becomes charged with symbolic possibilities that end up coloring his work as a whole.

El monte perdido” (The Lost Mountain), 2003–2004, is an ambitious project consisting of several videos, an installation,

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