“Threads,” is the theme title of a current solo exhibition at Mashrabeya art gallery
in Downtown Cairo, by the Mexican-Italian artist Carlos Torio, who exhibits for
the first time in Cairo. He is a professional journalist and has worked as an editor at
the Mexican newspapers El Norte and Reforma.
The concept of ‘eternal return’ is something that is repeated over and over again in
the work of Torio. The artist has chosen the idea of recycling as the return of the
residue through the usage of espresso capsules and aluminium covers of wine
bottles. Through the recycling concept, the artist makes out of repetition and
reiteration a mantra full of a spiritual and ritual meaning. The remains, here
brought back to life, have a new opportunity to be freed from their previous
function and commence a new life.
The once useless crushed capsules are transformed into precious pieces
of jewellery that could well be pieces of a mantle that reminds us of the rich
garments of ancient tribal ceremonies.
Torio, who has already exhibited his work in Brazil, Spain and Portugal, uses all
techniques and materials such as photography, sculpture, collage and installation to
reflect on industrial processes, globalisation, consumption, mass phenomena,
marketing and advertising as dominant powers.
10 January 2017