Untitled (Dream). 2012
Inkjet print, 100 X 150 cm; Two glass sheets, 110 X 160 cm (thickness: 4 mm and 6 mm); Wooden shelf, 5 X 5 X 165cm; Hand written sentence by the artist on surface of front sheet of glass."Rehearsals for a demonstration that never happened"
“Untitled (Dream) is a composite photograph compiled from hundreds of images taken while on a research trip to Murcia, Spain. The protagonists are the possible toreros of the near future during training sessions for beginners. Ernest Hemingway’s famously quoted that “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” The implication is that a sport can only be called a sport by being an event in which the protagonists are able to perform the possibility of their bodies dying or becoming other. Without the usual drama associated with art works that depict this sport, Untitled (Dream) attempts to capture and intensify the everyday industry that produces the event and spectacle of bullfighting. Our eyes scanning the everyday attire of t-shirt and short clad teens, we are led to realize that this is the rehearsal for a future event in which bodies are being trained to perform the possibility of their own becoming other or death, thus this sport is a real sport -according to Hemingway’s classification - because it’s politics of the body appear to be no coincidence but a matter of accumulated training and rehearsal. “ Bassam El Baroni