Under the title VICTORIA, Tatiana Kourochkina Galeria D’Art is presenting the second solo exhibition by Hugo Orlandini (Santiago de Cuba, 1974). On display are sculptures, objects and prints that revolve around the work that provides the show its title.
Conceived for public space, Victoria (2013) is a concrete sculpture measuring two metres high that reinterprets the Arch of Victory in Madrid (erected between 1950 and 1956 to commemorate the victory of the army that rose up against the Second Republic). Hugo Orlandini brings the monument down to human scale, reinterprets the chariot, that now consists of four tired horses and a downcast seated goddess, and finally, in a suggestive gesture, closes the arch with a blind. The Arch of Victory, used by the artist as an allusion to the extensive symbolism of totalitarian regimes, is belittled, antithetical, suspended.
Through this set of works the exhibition invites reflection on the coexistence with certain representations of the recent past, and the place these imposed symbols should occupy in public space.