Arrivederci Maracaibo


December 5th – January 14th 2016

A poetic description of Maracaibo, that is also a precise description of an existential condition, individual and collective at the same time. Since several years Marco Montiel-Soto has been living between Venezuela and Berlin, and here the artist looks with new eyes to the contemporary issues of post-colonialism and neo-colonialism. And this neo-colonialism is understood as a reversal of the relationship in which Europe is no longer the bearer of ideologies, objects and rituals in African or South American colonies, but Europe itself becomes, in a sense, the “old new world”, and its new identity is built, day after day, by ideas, behaviours, and rituals imported from overseas. And it is the idea of the melting pot that animates the work of Montiel-Soto. His installations are actually labyrinths, but the chaos is only apparent, because, at the opposite, in this accumulation there is a precise logic that suggests an alternative path for an intuitive perception of the symbols of the cultural elements that make it up.

Davide Gallo
Milano, Italy