Javier Peñafiel

Galeria Joan Prats

In 1999, “Egolactante”—a strange character with an elegant profile despite its large head—was gestated in the imagination of Javier Peñafiel. In the ten years that have ensued, it has barely changed. Restless in appearance, Egolactante is, in fact, chronically nervous. Though one might think this is due to some emotional or political vulnerability, it is really because Egolactante has decided to live with the fiction that has been installed in its mind. The sum of these powerful components—spastic body and intellectual prowess—make Egolactante into an incarnation of the new Homo aestheticus.

Peñafiel’s art is an attempt to dissect the tensions that contemporary subjectivity entails, and Egolactante has been at the core of that project. Regardless of the specific media used—this exhibition includes video, drawings, texts, and sculpture—Egolactante has always been organized via a textual

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