Manuel Antonio Domínguez
The stable relationship
20 JUN — 24 SEP 2017
For the past six years, the Museo ABC and the Fundación Banco Santander have supported Contemporary Art with the programme Conexiones, which allows for the creation of an unparalleled exhibition project, based on the selection of works from its respective collections. Its 13th Edition presents the latest work of Manuel Antonio Domínguez (Villablanca, Huelva, 1976), considered to be one of the greatest illustrators of his generation.
The work of Manuel Antonio Domínguez falls within the line known as «gender discourse», analysing issues that affect the understanding, creation and collective assessment of the roles of mankind. The stable relationship referred to in the title of the sample is ultimately that which affects the preconceived idea that we hold regarding things and that falters here. Are men what they appear to be? Do they act as such? The stereotypical images of masculinity and femininity in the hands of our artist reveal that all issues regarding gender are a collective construct phenomenon, something that begins with position, with the character that we grant to whatever we view, and upon which we surely project both our fears and desires, both the truth and lies.
For his project, The stable relation, the artist has ironically chosen to restore his guillotined figures from the Colección Banco Santander (until recently, he signed his works with the pseudonym El Hombre Sin Cabeza» (The Headless Man), a delicious pair of Rococo-styled busts from the Manufactura de Alcora collection (dated around 1750). From the Museo ABC, he has selected two front pages from the magazine Blanco y Negro, signed by Hipólito Hidalgo de Caviedes and Abelardo Parilla Candela, one featuring men and the other featuring women.