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Carlos Amorales

Casa de América

“¿Por qué tener miedo al futuro?” (Why Fear the Future?) is the titular question that animated this exhibition. By way of an answer, Carlos Amorales transformed a collection of 428 images into simple black-and-white vectorial representations—computer-generated images made with vectors, not pixels. Printed on photographic paper and hung in neat rows, these images in Liquid Archive (Photographic Version), 1999–2004, range from the deathly to the lively (skulls, a nude); from nature to technology (flying birds, ascending airplanes); and from myth to history (Mexican wrestlers’ masks, Osama bin Laden’s face crossed with Che Guevara’s). The inclusion of letters of the alphabet among the images on the wall may give the impression of a cataloguing system, but instead, the artist uses his images as letters are used to create words. The nude woman appears in different guises—wearing a mask, with

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