YAUTEPEC invites you to celebrate its third anniversary with the opening of The Philosophy of Misery, the first individual exhibition in Mexico for Melbourne, Australia-based artist Tony Garifalakis (who also has the distinction of being the first artist exhibited at Yautepec to have been officially censored by the Vatican).
The Philosophy of Misery will be attended by a counterpart individual exhibition at Curro y Poncho gallery in Guadalajara called The Misery of Philosophy, a rhetorical reversal directly referencing the ideological skirmish between Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and Karl Marx -- an important, early articulation of the fundamental conflict between the anarchist and Marxist strains of revolutionary thought.
The juxtaposition is appropriate for Garifalakis, whose work has been described by Australian art writer Ashley Crawford as "a palimpsest of contemporary culture and politics thrown in to a blender of apocalyptic resolve."
For Garifalakis, radical politics, conspiracies, power, extreme music, doomsday prophecies and memento mori become the visual and conceptual fodder for a darkly humorous defense of rationality. Or -- if one's glass is half-empty -- of an abject, generalized state of misanthropy.