Alí González talks about his workSaturday, February 9, 2019
My name is Alí González and my piece Archivología is from 1995. During those years my artistic interests were directed toward the representational power of fingerprints and their legal functions. I had a presentiment then that my country was inevitably headed towards civil disorder that would be lamentable and disproportionate. On the other hand, the deaths of a few family members and friends brought me to realize life’s fragility. That’s why I came to utilize and highly value fingerprints as each person’s remains. I always imagined that the archivology would take place in a specific place, the Supreme Court of Venezuela, for its symbolic character of collectivity and democracy as a kind of institutional ornament. When I see this work today, my impression is of having created a deposit of fingerprints in which the voice of a multitude resonates, pronouncing a small, succinct phrase: I swear.
Wood modules, glass, pages of the Venezuelan Penal Code, and pieces of clay