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“Frágil” by David de la Mano in Montevideo, Uruguay

August 11, 2020
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Spanish contemporary artist David de la Mano recently worked on another mural in the neighborhood of Buceo, Montevideo. It features the upside down word “Frágil” in bold black and white text.

David de la Mano is known for his large dystopian murals characterized by monochromatic composition and accumulation of human figures, as well as their strong poetic character. His large-scale, black and white pieces provoke reactions among the viewers and encourage their emotions and ideas through a minimalist aesthetic.

“We have to get used to living in non-normal conditions. We have to learn to live in disorder. The market provides us with models of security, but –in truth– our lives are not guaranteed and we do not allow ourselves to think about this insecurity. The social sciences talk about vulnerable people, as if we were not all vulnerable: anyone can have a condition that they don’t even know about. We don’t allow ourselves to think about the uncertain. Quite a few crises are approaching us and the exceptionality is going to become more acute, starting with the ecological crisis. We have to become aware that we are vulnerable. That model of the independent man and the strong man collapses. We all need care and we give care, not only women care: men also care, the State cares, citizens care and even the market should care. We will learn to appreciate non-productive time.

I don’t know how long this lasts, but there is going to be a crisis of technical, immediate thought, that is the thought that is being taught. We still need to learn to think, connecting with the world, with the global, but without going with the flow. Think about the place we live in and how we connect with the community, the world. We live in abysmal moments, but for me this abyss is similar to the one that even the Greeks lived when they spoke of the tragic. I think we have to necessarily live in this abyss and assume that we are going to lose a lot. It is not very hopeful, but I think this is good and we have to consider it.” Cecilia Sánchez, philosopher.

Check out below to view more photos of the mural.

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