View of “Asier Mendizabal,” 2014.

View of “Asier Mendizabal,” 2014.

Asier Mendizabal


View of “Asier Mendizabal,” 2014.

Asier Mendizabal has always been concerned with the political realm, particularly both the problem of collective action as the motor of society’s transformation. In this respect, he initially considers power through symbols, inquiring into ideology and agency in the public sphere, then turns them into form. In the recent past, his interest has been the representation of the masses across history and media. In the series in “Figures and Prefigurations (Divers),” 2009–11, for instance, he draws from crowd scenes culled from the imagery of the post–World War I avant-garde to create black-and-white photomontages featuring silhouetted people and architecture.

Mendizabal’s engagement with this theme was further explored in his recent exhibition “Toma de tierra” (Grounding). This title evokes Jean Baudrillard’s metaphorical association of the terms mass and ground (as in electricity):

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