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TXEMA SALVANS: MY KINGDOM. MACK, London, 2016. ISBN 9781910164372 In English.
Due date: November 2016. Publisher's description: In My Kingdom Txema Salvans considers the climate of power in contemporary Spain, splicing together the sentimental political rhetoric of Juan Carlos I, former King of Spain (1975--2014), with a set of black and white photographs of ordinary Spaniards, enjoying the Mediterranean coast. In his speech, Juan Carlos I plays the role of the good-natured sovereign, his language drenched in authority and affect, a king whose tender rule legitimises a democratic monarchy. The speech is a socio-political filter through which the gestures of the beach goers are seen -- the hopes, the indolence and aggression, people parading their own small sovereignties: the freedom to nap, eat, sunbathe, play, suffer, love and show their individuality. Power, as something embodied and enacted, permeates both the king's speech and the interactions of ordinary people, every summer, on the overcrowded, ugly and inviting beaches of the real Spain.
Artist(s):Salvans, Txema
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 166778
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