We had to talk
September 08 – November 18, 2018
Curator: Paola Santoscoy
Iván Krassoievitch has called this group of works, in which it is nearly impossible to detect where one ends and another begins, synthetic poems, in reference to a book by Mexican author José Juan Tablada. Published in Caracas in 1919, Un día… (Poemas sintéticos), or One Day… (Synthetic Poems), is considered one of the first examples of avant-garde poetry in Latin America. The artist adopts the subtitle, driven by genuine fascination with the relationship between abstraction, visuality and language. Tablada’s publication is a book of haikus —the first of its kind in Spanish, dating back to 1919—, and its pages reflect the influence of the Japanese “synthetic” climate resulting from contemplation of minute details in nature. Fast forward to a century later in Mexico City, the landscape traversed daily by Iván, where every step of the way he encounters things and situations that spark ideas and formal studio exercises.