Milan

Alejandro Vidal

Galeria Artra

In 2000, the Colectivo Sociedad Civil, a group of Peruvian artists and activists, organized a public action of protest and civil resistance in Plaza Mayor in Lima, Peru. Alluding to the reigning regime’s corruption, their symbolic action Lava la Bandera consisted of the washing of the national flag. In A Song Before Sunset, 2009, Alejandro Vidal presents a restaging of this rite in ten photographs. Some people, faces unseen, intently soak flags of different nations. Yet the images are not a commentary on current or historic events, and, indeed, the event that precipitated the work fades behind the image. Vidal has always worked with the representation of urban rituals, including the violent practices of youth subcultures and metropolitan “tribes,” but his art maintains a distance from any documentary form. Instead, he is interested in understanding codes, in the grammar of signs and

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