Iván CapoteHeritage Rage, 2015
Bronze, variable dimensions
[…] At the other end of this room is the artwork Rage, which is perhaps one of the starkest ones of this scene. If we return to the universe that depends on the word and the game of its internal structure with it, Capote puts on a platform of aseptic white, bronze letters which make up the Anglo-Saxon word heritage. He has stablished in its body a basic dichotomy: some letters have been broken, revealing, as a subterfuge, the word rage. Thus, sticking to the ambiguity of this language of universal value, he unifies the concepts heritage or patrimony and rage: one lies half asleep inside the other, as if in the first enunciation, since the beginning of time, the implied accusation that humanity is defined in the dosed use of violence would have been clung to it.
On the other hand, through the use of the word heritage, he displaces the coordinates of time and space and extends the phenomenon to all of human history. Inheritance or patrimony is definitely what has been given to us and on which we must build our own fortune to leave it to those who come after us. The way he uses it emphasizes the sense of eternity, of precondition, of final law, to respect. Thus the excess of anger, the rampant violence in its multiple variants is sketched as natural, genetic, essential and allegedly everlasting condition of human existence.
Now, could we assume that the choleric heritage we human beings share is a precise reference to the power exercised by and from the culture? Does Iván Capote encourage a specific position on the issue? His gesture is far from being affirmative. By itself, the concept of heritage that plants its skirmish after Rage generates an extraordinary link, very close to the concept of responsibility. Broken inheritance what we have received, and fractured will be what we will bequeath. It is necessary an effective transformation of our perspective of life, in short, it is urgent to act in pursuit of a change.
Rage is a clear allegory to the sleepy rhythms of this unhealthy story we call history and, more exactly, to its violent shocks amid barbarism, violence and death; contradictory image for a power that pretends to be worthy, great, just; nourishing foundations of humanity and the state of civility. Rage is the testimony of what has happened to the world in our hands.
If we consider that mankind has justified its dominant nature and its survival as a result of a fundamentally predatory behavior; that we have even conceptualized it as an attitude of biological nature; it would not be restricted to say that Rage is a sort of mirror in which our reflection is showed crude and infallible […].1
1. Luis Enrique Padrón, An Act of Pure Cognitive Lubricity, http://www.cubartecontemporaneo.com/review/act-pure-cognitive-lubricity/.