SEPTEMBER 29, THROUGH JANUARY 16, 2012
Born in Barcelona, Spain, Antoni Muntadas has lived and worked in New York since 1971, and is best known for his multimedia works and public art installations that address social and political issues. The works included in Muntadas: Information >> Space >> Control focus on the relationship between public and private space, the media, how information is conveyed, interpreted, and manipulated, and the way that public opinion is shaped.
Among the works included in the exhibition are Video is Television? an amalgamation of words and images from different sources that looks at the way the media may be used to censor or promulgate ideas, and "On Subjectivity," which takes a series of images used in the media out of their original context and proposes a different understanding of their meaning. "On Subjectivity" will feature five images from the Bronx, accompanied by a logbook for visitors to create their own captions. Each day a selection of captions written by visitors will be posted next to the photographs.
Also included in the exhibition is the video series On Translation, a version of which was included in the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. The presentation at the Bronx Museum will include the videos Fear/Miedo (2005) and Miedo/Jauf (2007), which respectively explore the relationship and border tensions between Tijuana and San Diego, and southern Spain and northern Africa. Together, the two videos look at the construction of fear in relationship to the idea of the unknown and the other.