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SHIN HAUS // OCTOBER

Oct 5 - Oct 16, 2021

Jairo Alfonso

Rag Doll Seller (Screenshots series), 2020

Watercolor on paper

"The Screenshots series started in March 2020 when I confined myself at home due to Covid--19. I improvised a studio at home and started working on this new series. During confinement and lack of interaction with people around me, I felt the need to address that situation through my research on material culture, by representing objects that are portraits of people from different cultures, epochs, professions, et cetera… So I decided to compile figurines found on the Internet— that virtual space where all connections and human interactions occurred during the pandemic—and create these portraits/still lifes that are the same size as my computer screen. They are based on the screenshots taken of these images, so I have also left areas of solid color representing the computer desktop, portrayed exactly as the screen would look when zooming in on an image. The Screenshots series is composed of 100 watercolors, 80 of which are shown here."

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Jairo Alfonso (b. 1974) is a Cuban-born artist. He has shown internationally in numerous solo exhibitions since 1992, and his most recent group exhibitions include The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY (2019); Coral Gables Museum, FL (2018) and Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, DK (2018) among others.

Throughout his career, Alfonso has been interested in exploring material culture from an archaeological perspective, particularly the multilayered nature of objects, their history and symbolism, in paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, performances, and mixed media works on paper.

Recently, he has started developing a new body of work, reflecting on the relationship we, as human beings, establish with the objects we create, use, and discard. Alfonso explores two forms of relationships: hoarding and disassembling.