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Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Azor, 2012, compacted yacht, 15' 5“ x 14' 9” x 6' 2 3/4".

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Matadero Madrid

Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Azor, 2012, compacted yacht, 15' 5“ x 14' 9” x 6' 2 3/4".

Fernando Sánchez Castillo, one of Spain’s leading midcareer artists, takes a multifaceted approach to the representation of power structures. Much of his work, typically sculpture and video, is based on the country’s shady twentieth-century history, but its resonance is more than merely local, since the implications he draws out from his material are so wide-ranging. His sculpture typically addresses the monumentality of official memorials glorifying leaders, while his videos often engage with motifs related to classical inability such as the horse—a universal image of power in Western portraiture—and even the pedestal. Sánchez Castillo has also thoroughly examined the means by which security forces attempt to keep crowds under control.

In “Síndrome de Guernica” (Guernica Syndrome), his current show at Matadero Madrid, a former slaughterhouse that is now one of the city’s

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