"Narc-deco": the art of Victor Escobar

It’s undeniable that violence carries with it a certain amount of cachet, glam… bling. 
The work of Medellin artist Victor Escobar was recently on display in an exhibit called “Traquira” at Valenzuela Klenner Galería, Bogota.
In the accompanying artist’s statement, Escobar quotes Slavoj Zizek:

The appearance implies that there is something behind it which appears through it; it conceals a truth and by the same gesture gives a foreboding thereof; it simultaneously hides and reveals the essence behind its curtain. But what is hidden behind the phenomenal appearance? Precisely the fact that there is nothing to hide. What is concealed is that the very act of concealing conceals nothing.


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