April - May 2018
In collaboration with ltd los angeles and as part of Condo Mexico City, Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo
presents 'Blue Orchids', an individual show by Belgian artist Johan Grimonprez (1962), second exhibition
at the Main Room of the gallery. For the first time in Mexico, and after its previous screening in 2017,
Blue Orchids, 2017 (48 min) and Raymond Tallis I On tickle, 2017 (8 min) will be presented next to a series
of works selected for the project .
The personal stories of Riccardo Privitera (arms dealer and supposed element of the Special Forces of
South Africa) and Chris Hedges (former ex war Correspondent of the New York Times) draw a completely
opposite portrait on the same subject: the global arms trade and the corporate government that rules
the most powerful societies in the world: the United States and the United Kingdom. In a very Hollywood
style, Grimonprez presents two testimonies where the physical and mental ravages of war pose a
discussion about the social and political, but also about the power of images and mass communication.
In Blue Orchids the history of Hedges (always sheltered by the Augustinian humanist discourse) and
Privitera’s (assiduous to the services of brothels with political ends) are presented as constant elements
in the so-called 'War on Terror' where international weapon manufacturers are the only winners.
For Raymond Tallis, philosopher, novelist, cultural critic and neuroscientist, consciousness is not an
internal or biological construct, but rather a relational phenomenon that has to do with the encounter
with the other. Starting from the peculiar fact that individuals are incapable of tickling ourselves, and
through Descartes and Schroedinger’s discourses, Tallis revises, the philosophical notion that we become
ourselves only through dialogue with others.
Johan Grimonprez lives and works in Belgium and the United States.