exhibition's title generates so many expectations about its content. The
works that make up the exhibition All about Jorge, reveal the show's central
theme to be a dog, thus lending a certain perverse connotation to the
idea of curatorial practice by betraying the imposture that surrounds
much of what goes on in the artworld.
George has been silent witness to the modus operandi of two alternative
exhibition spaces, both of which were also his places of residence: La
Panadería in Mexico City and El Parche in Bogotá. Throughout
his life George has been in proximity to the implications of organizing
and producing exhibitions and events in addition to sharing diverse experiences
with the artists who worked and lived in these spaces during the time
he made his home there.
The passage from "sobriety" to "triviality" occurs
on various levels in this exhibition. The process of selection of the
works was made in an open-call for work about George and drew in many
individuals outside of Espacio La Rebeca's normal radius, thus bringing
together artists of diverse interests and backgrounds. George's leading
role suggests an additional reading because, as one individual has pointed
out, he is of Mexican origin—short, dark skinned and working class—thus
referencing stereotypes about Latino identity within an international
An exhibition with these characteristics might have had a different name
given the subtle character of its critique. Other possible titles might
have been George in the expanded field, Everything you ever wanted to
know about George but were afraid to ask, or even All about sobriety.
artists: Vìctor Albarracìn, Johann Bisesti, Monika Bravo,
Carolina Caycedo, Juan Céspedes, Angélica Chio+María
Linares (daily services), Felipe Cortés, Juan Pablo Echeverri,
Andrea Geyer+Sharon Hayes, José Tómas Giraldo, Beatriz Grau+Bernardo
Ortiz, Miho Hagino, Luis Hernández, Jaime Iregui, Margarita Jimeno,
Humberto Junca, Cristóbal Lehyt, Juan Mejía, Adriana Miranda,
Karla Moreno, Ryan Andrew Murphy, Nelly Osorio, Víctor Robledo,
Barbara Santos, Luis Saray, Gabriel Sierra, Cristián Silva, Marlene
Valdez, Guillermo Vanegas, Giovanni Vargas, Joe Villablanca.
was made possible by the generous support of the Avina Foundation.