Individual exhibition, through May 3, 2014.

The work of Jorge Pineda, one of the most famous artists of the current artistic scene of Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, is presented like a re-reading of traditional themes and disciplines to address his personal art with a socially-marked content.

From the simplicity of the techniques like painting, drawing or engraving, his work acquires a conceptual dimension by introducing in it several popular rites and customs, which are the basis to elaborate an idea of contemporary identity within the framework of the current urban culture.

During his career, Jorge Pineda has worked on varied formats, including painting, sculpture, installation and video. One of the characteristics of his work is precisely this one: a process of continual change where the artist plays with space and invites the audience to be part of the artwork, by making it abandon its role of simple viewer.

Jorge Pineda, 18 veces, 2007 © Jorge Pineda

Jorge Pineda, 18 veces, 2007 © Jorge Pineda

The reinterpretation of the archetypes of the Dominican society as well as the analysis of diverse social issues of the context, as it will be reflected in this exhibition, are the motor of a reflection on the Hispano-American collective history which has been formed in the course of the successive generations.

With the words of Fernando Castro Flórez : his artworks, from a conceptual reference to Latin-America and the contradictions the neoliberal economic model has triggered within it, with the apparent willingness of social criticism, but without being either pamphlet or silly literalism. From racism to child violence, from prostitution to a kind of generalized simulacra, Jorge Pineda also makes the allegory of the heated questions of our time. Far from a sublimatory mentality but also aware that the goal of art is not to do soft sociology, this artist embodies to the extreme the glocal theme: his subjects have a very specific territorial root but at the same time, are linked to what is going on in the rest of the world.

Jorge Pineda, Jappy II, 2012 © Jorge Pineda

Jorge Pineda, Jappy II, 2012 © Jorge Pineda

In the introduction of the catalogue of Shadows and others Fairy Tales, Mariluz Hoyos tells us : Pineda typically grants the viewer access to a glimpse of a familiar story. In some instances, it is hard to resist the allure of the fairy tale as our mind attempts to reconstruct it, but he complicates the tale we think we know by interrupting the expected pace and plot.

Museo de Arte Moderno de Santo Domingo – MAM, Plaza de la Cultura Juan Pablo Duarte, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana.

Exhibition on view from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9am to 5pm, from March 3d through May 3d, 2014.

Headline picture’s credits : Jorge Pineda © IVAM