Artists share works they’ve kept hidden away until now. This section is inspired by Hans Peter Feldmann, who once, on the occasion of an exhibition, asked Fischli&Weiss to send him images of works that they had never intended to publicly show

BY ALEJANDRO CESARCO

Alejandro Cesarco (1975) is an Uruguayan artist based in New York. He is interested in cataloguing, classifying, appropriating and reinterpreting texts. Cesarco addresses his recurrent interests through repetition, narrative and the practices of reading and translating. Using different conceptual strategies and a range of media, including prints, books, videos and installations, he explores the various meanings of words and images in relation to context, experience and subjectivity.
Cesarco’s practice shares Conceptualism’s abiding concern with reading and with the relationships between words and images. In his work, text tends to prevail over image – often replacing or transforming it – as evidenced in his ongoing project of unwritten books that map the development of his interests, readings and preoccupations.
He also conceived and edits Between Artists, an ongoing series of conversation-based books.

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In every enumeration there are two contradictory temptations. The first is to listeverything, the second is to forget something. [...] Thus, between the exhaustive and the incomplete, enumeration seems to me to be, before all thought (and before classification), the very proof of that need to name and bring together without which the world (‘life’) would lack any points of reference for us. [...] There is something at once uplifting and terrifying about the idea that nothing in the world is so unique that it can’t be entered on a list.”

Georges Perec, “Think/Classify,” in Species of Spaces and Other Pieces (London: Penguin, 1997), p. 198.