"The Future Of the Revolt" Favorite 



Jan 1 2017


Reina Sofia - Madrid

This work addresses inequalities and disparities experienced specifically by LGTBIQ peoples in Spain. In the heart of this picture are six individuals dressed in queer fashion walking and linking arms. This is a powerful depiction. Usually, especially in a global context, it is unsafe for queer people to brave the streets alone. Here in Pozo’s work this represents pride without fear. With these powerful images this art acts to transform thought in the minds and hearts of viewers.
Although feminism may be hard to conceptualize entirely, truly activist artwork can help transform these complex terms into a deep understanding. “The Future Of the Revolt” by Diego del Pozo Barriuso does this term justice in bringing activist sentiments to life through art.
Diego del Pozo is a visual artist born in 1974, from Valladolid, Spain. “The Future Of the Revolt” is collection of, “drawings on the forty years of LGTBIQ movements in Spain” (Del Pozo Barriuso). The piece is 2.5 x 10.72m and the medium and technique used is digital drawing on glued paper (museoreinasofia.es).
“Fight the Cistem” is artfully written into the transgender symbol, ⚧. I believe this hints at the crux of the entire exhibit. Whether looking to understand this art through a Spanish or global context, the battles of marginalized people groups all share the same enemy. Defeating these powers positioned against the vulnerable members of modern day society is precisely the goal and reason for the existence of "The Future Of the Revolt”.
In the bottom right corner are the words beneath a triangle, “SILENCIO=MUERTE”, which is Spanish for “SILENCE=DEATH”. This represents a similar sentiment and also provides a bridge between art and activism. The words in tandem with the triangle which is part of Pozo Barriuso’s artwork at large are clearly declaring this exact message.
Displayed all over, and implied in many depictions, are representations of protesters. One specific image in the top left corner are of a small crowd elevating signs that read, “cuerpos insumisos atados al placer” meaning “rebellious bodies tied to pleasure”. This is a beautiful representation of pride. Not only is the sign the same size as the small crowd beneath it, but it is being lifted curiously by a man and woman who look a little confused and tired. This is the sad, but true reality of what pride and more specifically pride parades, rallies, and protests, look like and represent. Although these events can be fun to participate in, there is a dark reality beneath all of the fun art and banners that is the reason for all of the activities and demonstrations.
In the essay “The Meaning of Our Love for Women Is What We Have Constantly to Expand” Adrienne Rich expands upon her definition of feminism: “To the historic feminist demand for equal humanity, for a world free of domination through violence, lesbian/feminism has joined the more radical concept of woman-centered vision, a view of society whose goal is not equality but utter transformation” (Rich 229). Diego del Pozo Barriuso’s “The Future Of the Revolt” truly embodies this definition and concept justifying this unique piece as both art and activist. Barriuso went beyond the idea of commemorating the 2018 feminist strike and created a moving piece which speaks deep truths about what it means to be a woman, but more basically, human. Transforming thoughts in the minds of the audience is the sign of art that acts. For this reason, Diego Barriuso’s Diagram deserves it place with a global audience in the Museo Reina Sofia.

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