Alexander Apostol was born in 1969 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He currently lives and works between Caracas, Venezuela, and Madrid, Spain.
His work has been presented in international events including Manifesta 9 curated by
Cuauhtémoc Medina (2013); the Venice Biennale (2011), the Prague Biennial (2003 and 2005); the Cuenca Biennial (2004); the Istanbul Biennial (2003); Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse, France (2003); the São Paulo Biennial (2002); PhotoEspaña in Madrid (2003); FotoFest in Houston, USA (2002); the Havana Biennial in Cuba (1997), among many others.
Encompassing photography and video, Apóstol’s oeuvre seeks to expose fractures in
the modernist project, both in the artist’s native Venezuela and across South America.
Pedro Centeno Vallenilla, an artist trained in Fascist Italy who worked regardless of latin-American avant-garde movements, was a clear exponent of a peculiar nationalist theme. In the film, Vallenilla’s paintings are represented by people from lower classes in the spaces of a grandiloquent yet rickety Venezuelan modernity.
Nonetheless, these bit players unsucessfully attempt, time after time, to recreate the forced postures of the characters in the paintings, showing that the true philosophy of Venezuela lies in its never-ending attempts, in format but without content, to imagine
utopias that end up making the country a shame.