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Pepe Espaliú, El nido, (The Nest), 1993, video, color, silent, 15 minutes 20 seconds.

Pepe Espaliú

garcía | galería

Pepe Espaliú, El nido, (The Nest), 1993, video, color, silent, 15 minutes 20 seconds.

In 1993, at the Sonsbeek festival in Arnhem, the Netherlands, Pepe Espaliú performed an action titled El nido (The Nest). As one could see in the video documentation in this show, he walked in circles on a platform high up in a tree for eight days, taking off one piece of clothing every day until, on the last one, he was entirely naked. This was one of Espaliú’s final works. He had been diagnosed as hiv-positive three years earlier in New York, and he passed away later in 1993 in Córdoba, the Andalusian city where he was born in 1955, bringing an end to one of the most intriguing careers among the generation of artists who emerged on the Spanish scene after the fall of the dictatorship.

Twenty-five years later, García | Galería and curator Jesús Alcaide paid homage to Espaliú in this small but coherent exhibition. Although it did not include some of the artist’s most important

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