Who Owns Poverty in Mexico?

de Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba

Septiembre 10 – Noviembre 3, 2019 en Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University. 

For his first solo show in the United States, Mexican artist Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba (Mexico,1988) articulates a mise-en-scène of a philanthropic epiphany. It is an installation, produced for thegallery of the Rubenstein Arts Center, consisting of various allegorical elements and statistical dataof poverty that interact with each other to produce a speculative fiction.
In the corner of the room the businessman and billionaire philanthropist David Rubensteindressed as karate fighter is looking melancholically at the window. While he gives himself fully tocontemplation, a voice whispers what his next altruistic adventure might be.
The whisper promptsto buy poverty in Mexico or at least a part of it. The voice comes from an elephant in the room,which with its long trunk runs through the room. While the happy money bricks are exercisingbefore being split in half by the invisible hand of charity.
The tube slides through the electricitypipes, rubs two walls, goes up and down, drills the floor, turns, goes down and goes up, drills,comes back and reaches the head of a stunted pachyderm that projects from its left eye LosOlvidados, a classic about poverty in Mexico.

Two ants watch the movie, they came out of theholes made by the long trunk. Other ants travel through the place until they congregate in front ofthe window and show David Rubenstein a panoramic photograph of his opponent, 10 years ofpoverty in Mexico.

Aguilar Ruvalcaba with this work seeks to convey and convince David Rubenstein to carryout a concrete proposal: buy a minimum part of poverty in Mexico. Which consists of keeping aMexican who is in extreme poverty above the poverty line for the rest of his life. Before being anact of radical philanthropic imagination, the artist defines this proposal as a multidimensionaldrawing.

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