Francesc Torres: What does history know about nail-biting ?

Francesc Torres


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Francesc Torres (Barcelona, 1948) is, without doubt, one of the most important European artist of his generation. The title of the project of which this book is part comes from a sentence in Arthur Koestler’s Darkness At Noon, and it conveys in a nutshell the overwhelming disregard that History has, in its Hegelian sense, for the individual human being.

Artist's Book, Contemporary Art
During the Spanish Civil War a contingent of 3,500 Americans –– known as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade–– joined the International Brigades. Half of them didn’t return. Harry Randall was one of them and he did return. He was a photographer and cameraman in the brigade, and he is the prime mover of the editorial project presented here as an artist’s book. The basis material was 45 minutes of 16mm film shot over a period of two years (1937-1938), that very few people have seen to date.
As a matter of fact, this book reflects on the visual sedimentation of history beyond the concrete historical event; it is a comment on the material fragmentation, literal and metaphoric, that silently sleeps under the politically conditioned and socially negotiated official narrative of History.

Francesc Torres has developed his long career between Paris, Barcelona and New York. His work attempts to explain the position of the artist in front of the society and the hegemonic discourse of power. In recent years, his projects have been shown at the Whitney Museum New York, Nationalgalerie Berlin, Museo Reina Sofía Madrid, MACBA Barcelona or the Biennnale di Venezia.


Printed hardback

88 pages
Hardback, 28x22 cm
Spanish, English, Catalan
Polígrafa, 1st edition 2017
ISBN 9788434313590