Fernando Bryce

Galerie Barbara Thumm

Fernando Bryce is driven by an archaeological interest. The artist, who was born in Lima, Peru, in 1965 and has lived in Berlin since the late ’80s, has amassed an archive of drawing series—some comprising nearly five hundred pieces, all on standard-format paper—that include among their subjects individual historical figures as well as complex phenomena such as the Spanish Civil War, the Cuban revolution, and general political developments in South America after World War II. In them, Bryce pursues the strategy Walter Benjamin ascribed to the chronicler in his “Theses on the Philosophy of History”; that is, the artist narrates without differentiating between major and minor events. In this stringing-together, which from a later, historical point of view must seem a random approach, there lies a political expectation: that nothing that happens is ever lost for history. Every new arrangement

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