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Adonis Flores

Photograph

Artist

Adonis Flores
Born in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, in 1971

Title

Photograph

Date

2007

Materials

Ink-jet print, 2/7

Dimensions

69.4 x 91.8 cm

Credits

Gift of the Louise and Bernard Lamarre family, inv. 2008.159

Collection

Graphic Arts

This ironic self-portrait of the artist Adonis Flores in Cuban military uniform recurs in the photographs, videos and performances of his series “Camouflages.” The bouquet of flowers in the soldier’s mouth, like the title of the work, refers to the art of oratory and of rhetoric, that is, the art of speaking well, of persuading and convincing. In the pejorative sense, oratory is the opposite of action, playing off information against disinformation, truth against propaganda. The artist seems to underscore the always relevant need to debate rather than to argue or fight.

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