ECCLESIASTÉS 1:2 : Carlos Salazar-Lermont, Curated by Wil Ruggiero

Video, 4’01” 
Caracas, Venezuela
ICHTHYS, the fish, is a Christian symbol for Christ. In this work I address the sense of guilt present in Christian culture heritage. I perform the same action is done in parallel with a dead fish and my own body. Pressing my finger for several minutes in a  a dead and a living body creates a tense contrast that questions the compatibility of individuals with the models imposed by religions

ECCLESIASTÉS 1:2 : Carlos Salazar
Curated by Wil Ruggiero

Exhibition Dates: July 2, 2020 – August 30, 2020

The title of the show is inspired by the verse of the Bible, which claims that “everything is meaningless”. Composed of performance art-imbued photography and video, Ecclesiastés 1:2 mines the tension and limits between body and material, an uncomfortable and visceral ambivalence. In many ways, each work surges out of the turmoiled territory of contemporary Venezuela, Salazar-Lermont’s country of origin. The artist immerses his own body in the history of the still-life and its implicit Judeo-Christian iconographies, agitating their very embeddedness in our social order. The result is a meditation, be it unresolved, on mortality at the core of being.

Ecclesiastés 1:2 is the first exhibition by Salazar-Lermont to solely focus on non-ephemeral work. The exhibition brings together their most recognized work from their art career for the first time.

Program support by PORTAESPACIOS, an alternative contemporary art initiative based in Venezuela.

Catálogo de Exhibición / Exhibition Catalogue

Press Release

Programmed Events / Eventos Programados:

Historia Reciente De La Performance Venezolana with Raúl Rodríguez and Carlos Salazar-Lermont
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Body in Vain: A conversation with Carlos Salazar-Lermont and Wil Ruggiero, moderated by Marina Resende Santos
Thursday, August 06, 2020

Ecclesiastés 1:9 – Performance by Carlos Salazar-Lermont
Thursday, July 30, 2020