Democracia (Iván López and Pablo España) is an artistic collective that questions social structures and institutions while exploring the concept of the simulacrum and the way it has invaded our daily lives. An essential component of their work is the staging of scenes and acts that correspond to real social or political situations through video, sculpture, performance and urban interventions. For Eat the Rich/Kill the Poor the group intervened a Hummer limousine used to transport collectors and art enthusiasts during the Armory Show 2010 in New York City. On one side of the limousine viewers could read the words Kill the Poor and on the other Eat the Rich, opposing statements that speak of the social tensions that exist even within the art fair phenomenon.
For the urban intervention/video piece Charity, they stenciled the words charity on trash bins placed outside of a megastore supermarket where each day people who cannot afford to buy food gather to collect items that have been discarded for being past its sell-by date. For the exhibition, a video of the food scavengers is exhibited with the trash bins and concludes with the sale of the perfume Charity through a portable dispenser where viewers can buy and smell for themselves the odor of perished food.
For the piece Welfare State (Smash the Ghetto), Democracia documented the destruction of El Salobral, one of Europe’s largest clandestine slum towns located on the outskirts of Madrid. The work consists of a four-channel video installation of the city’s destruction made to resemble a sporting event, as the audience sits or stands on bleachers urging the destruction workers to continue to tear it down.
Besides their artistic work, Democracia works in publishing (they are directors of Nolens Volens magazine) and curatorial projects (No Futuro, Madrid Abierto 2008, Creador de Dueños). They were founders and part of El Perro group (1989-2006).
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