Tauromaquia (*signed*)

@ Barón, Julián

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Tauromaquia by Julián Barón is an open edition, but the singed and numbered copies offered here are from a print run of 200 copies made during a "one day printing show" as part of an exhibition at P2P during PhotoEspaña 2014. This edition is almost sold out by the artist.

Two other editions of 200 copies have been made : one for the exhibition "Lonja del Canem" in Castellón de la Plana (almost sold out as well), the other one for the "Centro Huarte" in Pamplona who purchased the entire edition.

You will find down below a presentation of the project as available on the artist's website.

WARNING : Please note that this book has been xeroxed on A3-format classic white paper, it is quite fragile and our copies have traces related to the production process, to the storage (the plastic screws of the binding leave marks on the above and below copies when piled) and also handling traces (scuffed corners, small folds / creases).

Of course, we will send the near-perfect copies first and down to the more impacted ones.

66 pages - Xeroxed pages, no cover, binding by 2 plastic screws

Self-published, 2014

*Signed & Numbered*

New - With minor defects (see above)

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Presentation on the artist's website:

"Those who argue against the «fiesta» perceive it as a retrograde spectacle, which stands outside of civilized aesthetics. Nothing is further from the truth: the bullfights we know not only have an ancestral meaning that links them to the sacrificial rituals of culture, but initially was a practice amongst the upper classes, used in the historical process of the formation of national states during the Enlightenment. The bullfighter is neither a barbarian nor a butcher: he is the distinguished master of ceremonies of a cathartic scenario that gives cohesion to the community and feeds it with stories and myths. Bullfighting shares with Greek tragedy the search for the total work of art, where the plastic, poetic and aural dimensions join to produce the same effect; and where death has a real effect, and not simply one of ritual significance.

The «total work of art» is the great modern aspiration, the search for lost integrity in a world which hinges on fate and fragmentation. This aspiration reaches its fulfillment in a state understood as the organization of this amorphous leviathan, each act of will being absolute. The state is concentrated and becomes affirmed and legitimized through grand representations of itself, whose nature and function are first and foremost its police. The notion of «police» appeared to refer to the art of government whose scope encompasses everything ( justice, finance, the army), watching the man as an active, living and productive creature, ensuring the splendour and power of the state through the control of communication. Man and life itself were the target for the police.

What originally was a science of hygiene and safety within communities has become a repressive role today, not only in dictatorships but also in modern democratic and juridical states. Our political model always chooses the centralized control of work and the reduction of the citizenship. The self-organized crowds ask for another place and another representation, based on small occurrences and gestures but the final image that the story of this «total work of art» registers is always the same folkloric stampede: order against chaos. In the society of the spectacle, the sovereign public still does not recognize its role in the drama.
    -- Luis Navarro"

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