The presidential elections of 2018 were the first in the era of social
media, where the militancy and the voice of the Mexican people
seemed to merge into a collective “I”, in first person, eager to be
something more than the spectator of a political history that seems
to have always been steered by others.
The Latin American media has always been the comrade of the
ruling classes and has managedmuch more than the elections
throughout history. When social media arrived on the scene, the
overwhelming sentiment was that this era was over, and that we
could finally take democracy into our own hands. That we were the
main characters and no longer secondary to the reality that we live.
But isn ́t this feeling of participation and belonging –to which only a
minority of society can approach– an illusion? The Internet is present
on smartphones, as newspapers are on the streets.
Diego Berruecos (Mexico, 1979) reflects through his artistic
practice on political events and on the ethic as well as aesthetic
construction of politics in Mexico. His new solo exhibition,
Obstinada contemplación del trabajo del mañana (Obstinate
contemplation of the work of tomorrow), continues on this path.
Here he adds together his obsession with the passage of time,
repetition as a form of temporality and his secret job as an amateur
researcher, and his work experience as a photo editor in print media.
During the 120 days leading up the elections, Berruecos bought
the newspaper religiously every morning and photographed
himself holding it, displaying the day’s headlines to the camera. In
a same roll, he was recording the progress of time and the different
editorial lines that were woven from it. Forging an immediate past in
the action of capturing that present. Each roll of photos left a strip of
contacts as a result. 36 photos that stand for themselves and as a
whole and that trigger, from an apparent simplicity, a complex series
Berruecos faces the spectator, this information laid bare on his face
in a gesture reminiscent of the signs of life sent by kidnappers to the
families of the abductees. The question is imposed: Will we be able
to free ourselves?