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Tiago Alexandre, If I were a boy, 2018, helmets, copper tube, dimensions variable.

Tiago Alexandre

Balcony

Tiago Alexandre, If I were a boy, 2018, helmets, copper tube, dimensions variable.

On Balcony’s facade, atop a wide glass display window, visitors saw the handwritten question WHO RUNS THE WORLD? in pink neon. On its display window, in a more discreet position, was the title of the exhibition, WORDS DON'T COME EASY. Between F. R. David’s 1982 Europop hit “Words,” the source of the title, and Beyoncé’s power statement of 2011, is a span of some thirty years, which (perhaps not coincidentally) is about Tiago Alexandre’s age today. The citations announced his exhibition’s themes: What is power, and who has it? How does power manifest itself through images, words (which are not always “easy” to use) or dance-music rhythms, which directly challenge the movements and desire of the body?

In the gallery’s front room, If I were a boy, 2018, a column made up of fourteen heavily used motorcycle helmets (one of them identified with the label JOHNNY GUITAR) stood as a totemic

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