ARTIUM presents the latest work by Txuspo Poyo, UN(inverse), consisting of a number of different groups of works that deal with the problematic relationship between history —specifically, the setting up of the United Nations Organisation during the period following the World War II — and its different symbolic representations. Through a complex device that includes video, sculpture, drawings and installation, Txuspo Poyo delves into the myths of freedom, political transparency and democratic participation through cross-references between the film industry, modern art and architecture. UN(inverse) is a reflection upon the origins of the current political system and the forms of representation that this has generated, especially with regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the pure architectural lines of the UN headquarters in New York, as the symbolic crystallisation of the new era. Social harmony, democratic values and the brotherhood of all races: values organised around the image of the monolith devised by Le Corbusier and subsequently reused many years later by Stanley Kubrick. The title of the show is taken from the central piece, UN(inverse), a 3D animation that alludes simultaneously to the English initials of the United Nations Organisation and the well-known film studies in Hollywood, to create a conglomeration between sublime architecture, cinematographic fiction and political ideals. In the four areas into which it is divided, UN(inverse) monitors the iconography —between the literal and the metaphoric— that forms part of collective imagery; the gestation process that gave rise both to the ideal of a common home and the tendencies toward break-up, to the creation of unifying symbols and their conversion into emblems of disintegration. UN(inverse) takes a virtual look at the outside and inside of the building, an emblem of transparency and, at the same time an allegory of the secret: all filming and photographs of the building are vetoed for security reasons. The only references that allow us to gain access to the building are nocturnal images, tourist photos and some movies. But UN(inverse) it is not a documentary piece; it does not set out to reveal secrets; it is a poetic fiction that explores the frailty of the world with a dense repertoire of highly metaphoric images.
Txuspo Poyo (Alsasua, Navarre, 1963) is a recognised artist with a long career in the art world, who over recent years has concentrated fundamentally on audiovisual expression. Txuspo Poyo’s artistic activities have led him to many different parts of the world, including Bilbao, New York, Canada and Central America, where he has assembled an oeuvre that brings together references to reality and imagination, current affairs and the recent past, to day-to-day life and the modern tradition of art.