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El sueno de la razon produce monstruos: On the Work of Javier Téllez

Comissioned for "Emotion and Reason", Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, 2004. Courtesy the artist & Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich.
Javier Téllez spent his childhood in close proximity to pathological behaviour. Both of his parents were psychiatrists, and his father received patients in the same room where he would play as a child. This familiarity would eventually develop into a prolific body of work around a central goal the articulation of a position of alterity and a strategy to give visibility to peripheral or neglected communities of individuals who live outside the parameters of a normal or healthy society. From an early age, Téllez often visited art museums and was struck by the hygienic spaces (and) enforced silence that reminded him of the hospital in which his father worked. Téllez developed this influence into an unorthodox artistic practice that simultaneously critiques the psychiatric institution and the art museum. For Tellez, both institutions are symbolic representations of authority, founded on taxonomies based on the normal and the pathological, inclusion and exclusion.