Jorge Pineda

(b.1961, Barahona, Dominican Republic), is a visual artist and stage director. His work has been exhibited internationally including solo shows at Hunter College in New York, in September 2012 and the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain, in February 2013. He exhibited at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia, and the XXIII Bienal de Artes Visuales de Santo Domingo, where he won first prize for installation.

His work is part of several public and private collections including: the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; IVAM (Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno); Colección Patricia Phells de Cisneros; and DA2 (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Salamanca). Pineda exhibited at the 55th Biennale di Venezia with the collective QUINTAPATA, as well as at the Espai d ́Art Contemporani de Castelló, Castellón, Spain, a group show curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio. He lives and works in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Artistic Statement

Jorge Pineda understands reality as permanent interpretation, in other words, as a mask behind which there is no definitive face but rather a game of successive maskings. What Jorge Pineda does is open up the possibility of mining the control exercised over us by fantasy through the path of an over- identification with it, in other words, by simultaneously embracing, in the same space, all the multiplicity of apparition- like elements; in a certain measure he projects or reflects (once again the specular matrix) the constitutional lacking of the subject which is, simultaneously, an excessive presence of the “impossible.” The Real, in the psychoanalytical sense, in no “true reality” behind the virtual simulation, but rather emptiness itself which makes reality incomplete/ inconsistent, and the function of every symbolic matrix consists of hiding this inconsistency; one of the ways to achieve this hiding is precisely to pretend that behind the incomplete/inconstant reality we know, there is another reality not structured around an impossibility. It ́s not the moment of the disappearance of the veils or of the lifting of the theatre curtain, but rather that of the acceptance of the screen.

Jorge Pineda inaugurated the Berlin residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Germany from April 1 – June 22, 2014

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