BELÉN URIEL (Madrid, 1974). Lives and works in Lisbon. July 13 - September 30, 2012
In 1938 the New York Museum of Modern Art held a show which displayed everyday objects with a price tag under five dollars. There was such a positive response that the show was continued with a whole series of exhibitions with a similar base and which helped the US population to become familiar with the new design methods.
Belen Uriel starts from the second exhibition in this cycle by developing a project based on the ways taste is constructed and the way the Modern movement was established in society. By deconstructing and reconstructing the elements, the artist brings us face to face with our capacity to recognize familiar forms and to assign values to household interiors.
The information contributed by these elements brings us to ask ourselves about the ways in which ideas such as taste or distinction have been naturalised when in reality they are a result of specific social and political interests.