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José Alejandro Restrepo. Cadáveres indisciplinados "Undisciplined Corpses"

Cadáveres indisciplinados "Undisciplined Corpses"
Museo de Arte Miguel Urrutia ? MAMU


Bogotá, Colombia

The exhibition titled "Undisciplined Corpses" by José Alejandro Restrepo will be on display at El Parqueadero of the Museo de Arte Miguel Urrutia (MAMU) from April 13 to June 18, 2018, in a joint project between the Banco de la República and the Instituto Distrital de las Artes (Idartes).

"Undisciplined Corpses" by José Alejandro Restrepo questions the conventional idea of death and the way a corpse becomes an object of worship, fetishism, and even public loot. The exhibition consists of wax figures representing the corpses of political and social figures like Fidel Castro, Eva Perón, Carlos Galán, popes Paul VI and John Paul II, Jorge Eliécer-Gaitán, John F. Kennedy, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, and Simón Bolívar, among others.

"Disciplined like a corpse" means: I "blindly," "silently" obey my superiors. In a military sense it means "due obedience" or "acts of duty;" issues that cannot be second guessed because they are orders and orders must be followed. Period. Explains artist José Alejandro Restrepo.

As Restrepo paradoxically explains, there is nothing less disciplined than a corpse. Discipline is at the core of many egregious corpses. Corpses are buried, exhumed, buried again, exhumed again; they are the object of all kinds of trafficking, legal and illegal trades; adoration, fetishism, and magic. They are also political capital. To seek protection in the body and/or hide it is a matter for the state.

For Restrepo, inert bodies are actually on a constant move, going back and forth, as they sometimes have the gift of ubiquity. Some have the rather annoying habit of appearing in the form of ghosts and revealing great truths.  While it is true that the dead never leave the living in peace, it is also true that the living never leave the dead in peace either.

For a period of three months, the exhibition will offer an academic program consisting of three conferences given by Laura Quintana and Bruno Mazzoldi. The first talk will be given by José Alejandro Restrepo on Thursday, April 9 at 5:00 pm. Guided tours will be offered from Monday to Saturday (except Tuesday, when the MAMU is closed) from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. All activities are free of charge.




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