Resource of Probability, 2009-2011
Ink and Conté Pencil on Canson paper.
50 x 65 cm.
Contemporary Art and Anthropology:
Speculations about the relationships between the Possible and the Real, the Possible and the Probable, frequently appear in the Western rationalist discourse, not always free of a shadow of confusion or contradiction, reaching, in more than one moment, to determine as True and Inevitable that which hardly appears in the sphere of the Probable. Fallacies or, pure manipulation disguised as persuasion?
This series of drawings is conceptually based on what psychologists have called prejudices or cognitive biases. It is articulated from different discursive levels based on non-explicit autobiographical anecdotes, historical mentions and philosophical references that alludes the trickery of scientificist rationalism that traps itself -with its effusive spirit of definition, classification and segmentation of all scrutinized reality- in its own speech of scission and exclussion, with an exacerbated and impressive capacity for self-delusion.
Here we speak of neocolonial cultural hierarchies in eminently “civilizing” terms according to patterns of thought and criteria of evaluation that attend only to a -when less- doubtful scale of values (Eurocentrism); we speak of a linear path that, fallaciously ascending, leads only to the non-place; a vicious circle which, plagued by hesitation and skepticism, generates this sensation of post-modern immobility, of involution or regression on the old path. Resource of Probability, in short, proposes a reflection on the hybrid, fragmented identities that are manifested in a chimerically exalted reality, whose essence is revealed as hostile and compels us, more and more, to disbelieve in any possibility of redemption.