Carlos Alfonso, ‘The last dream of Armando’, 2015, SKETCH
Carlos Alfonso, ‘The last dream of Armando’, 2015, SKETCH
Carlos Alfonso, ‘The last dream of Armando’, 2015, SKETCH
Carlos Alfonso, ‘The last dream of Armando’, 2015, SKETCH
Carlos Alfonso, ‘The last dream of Armando’, 2015, SKETCH

The story describes a series of ancient rituals in relation to the stone of madness as a defense mechanism to avoid the abduction of dreams by brain trepanation. Very common from Mesopotamia to middle ages, this surgical operation was mainly executed in people who had improper behaviours, mental illness, or for those who were possessed by evil spirits. They believed that all this was caused by a stone wedged in the brain and the only way to remove it was by opening a hole in the head. Armando, who could’ve been Armando Reverón, the Venezuelan painter, well known for his political position, his dolls and assumed madness, serves as a metaphoric voice to encounter this repression and portray his artistic practice as way to defend him self, the same as the people from different civilizations described in the video, both searching
for their dreams.

Series: Edition 3 + 2 A/P

Image rights: SKETCH | Carlos Alfonso

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About Carlos Alfonso

Colombian, b. 1986, Popayán - Cauca Department, Colombia, based in Ghent, Belgium