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Spanish artist Pepo Moreno makes art that is deeply personal. His work, which you could describe as ‘art brut’ is a visceral interpretation of his experiences as a queer person. These themes, though personal, are anchored in a today’s society thanks to milestones in queer history and queer art history (the 1969 Stonewall riots, or the work of artists like Mapplethorpe, Warhol or Hockney). Rooted in deeply personal experiences, Moreno’s approach is also of anthropological use as it shows the tensions between self-acceptance, ‘fetichization’ of desire, as well as the inner disorder provoked by society standards. In fact, the artists took inspiration from an early 1970s gay liberation slogan proclaiming: “I am you worst fear, I am your best fantasy”. “Dimoni”, the exhibition title which refers to the Catalan word for “demon”, perfectly translates Moreno’s practice as an artist, which leads him to paint over homoerotic images and posters, and plaster them often with the same demonic face, half-childish, half-monstrous. Inaugurated on January 9th at Paris’ Galerie Charraudeau, Pepo Moreno’s exhibition will be on view until February 7th, 2021.

Photos: Jean Picon
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