Curator: Valentín Roma
Opening: Friday 7 July, 7:00 p.m.
This exhibition reconstructs, through drawings, cartographies and documentary materials, the biography of Simon Radowitzky. Radowitzky was an Ukrainian-Argentinean anarchist who, after the brutal police repression that took place during the Red Week of Buenos Aires, in 1909, attacked the responsible police chief, Ramón Lorenzo Falcón, for which he was condemned to perpetuity in The Criminal Law of Ushuaia.
The projects of Gonzalo Elvira (Patagonia, 1971) investigate collective moments that compose, so to speak, a sort of landscape of red lines or historical rear lines. Following the procedures of the Italian microscope -Carlo Ginzburg, Giovanni Levi, Piero Camporesi or Carlo Cipolla, among many others-, Elvira rescues dissident biographies whose fit in the dominant accounts has been either inaccurate or expressly silenced.
Some examples of these exercises of repairing political and cultural memory are 12 concrete songs (2016-2017), dedicated to Das Märzgefallenen-Denkmal (Monument to the fallen of March, 1922), a proposal that Walter Gropius conceived like homage to nine Workers killed during a strike in Weimar; Bauhaus 1919, model to assemble (2012-2015), on the mythical school of German arts and crafts, which is remembered here by a play on words with 62 / Model to Armar (1968), emblematic book by Julio Cortázar published in full Furor And finally Assaig ST 1909-1919 (2008-2012), a series that relates the tragic weeks of Barcelona and Buenos Aires not only from their respective dates, 1909 and 1919, but also from their ideological contexts.
155. The ballad of Simon is a work that reconstructs the political and vital life of Simón Radowitzky, an anarchist Ukrainian-Argentinean who, after brutal repression on the occasion of the events of the Red Week of Buenos Aires (1909), attacked the Chief Of responsible police, Ramon Lorenzo Falcon, done by which he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the famous prison of Ushuaia.
Gonzalo Elvira uses here drawings, documentary materials, as well as cartographies and maps describing Radowitzky’s odyssey from his hometown, Stepanetz, to Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Montevideo, Barcelona, and finally Mexico. The exhibition incorporates a piece made ex profeso by the artist for the room Miserachs: a mural in which recreates the twenty years of prison of Radowitzky by means of his possible daily marks.+info