Mimetic Exercises II was made during a residency at David Diez Studio, where I was selected alongside Alejandría Cinque to reflect on the still-life from an experimental point of view. It is the continuation of a series of works made in collaboration where the traditional genres of painting become the subject matter of our practice, being the first one Mimetic Exercises I.

This time, we made a contemporary translation of a selection of paintings from the Prado Museum in Madrid that were chosen for their still-life and portraiture conjunction. By establishing a dialectical relationship between past images and contemporary codes –and using different objects and ourselves as models–, we transformed ­the symbols of death and the passage of time from the Vanitas into ironic, playful and absurd images that have the ghostly presence of an inherited culture and moral.

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Residencia Creativa DDZ 2016