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Bitácora - Hugo Alegre (Centro Colich)

Written by Arion on Friday, September 14 2012 and posted in Blog

Follow You Follow Me (1979)
Directed by Roger Lambert

Peter and Joseph are best mates, they go to the same high school and they see each other often after class. Until parental pressure puts the friendship on the brink of collapse.

The true nature of the boys relationship is never made clear, Peter is an outgoing and popular student, whereas Joseph is shy and goes unnoticed by his peers. Peter has expressed once and again his interest in girls, but Joseph seems to be preoccupied with something else. When the two boys are kissing girls at the same time, Joseph seems uneasy when it's his turn to kiss his date. Nonetheless, these subtle differences do not prevent them from sharing intimate moments. For example, when Joseph asks Peter the meaning of "wanker", his friends proceeds to not only explain but also provide him with some adult magazines. As they discuss about masturbation one thing remains clear: fantasy is the motor behind all masturbatory acts. Both kids start confessing what it is that arouses them, and they even describe their fantasies to each other.
Bitácora - Hugo Alegre (Centro Colich)
my sketch / homage for one of my friends (fan of Jae Lee's Dark Tower)
/ mi boceto / homenaje para un amigo (fan de Dark Tower de Jae Lee)

This shouldn't come as a surprise, as Foucault has explained at length in his History of Sexuality, Victorian society would seek to forbid and eradicate masturbation because it was an unnecessary expenditure of energy and especially of thoughts. Imagination always takes part during masturbation, and the fantasmatic scenarios of self-pleasuring were simply deemed as morally reprehensible and ultimately injurious.

Unlike other productions, Roger Lambert's short film never deals directly with the homosexual subject. The boys' parents have problems with banks and factories, respectively, and that's the reason why they decide to put an end to their children's friendship. The homoerotic subtext here is merely hinted at, as the scene in which Joseph wakes up in the middle of the night, with tears in his eyes, and gets dressed to visit his friend Peter. He has a proposal for Peter: to run away together. But can they really escape from their parents, id est, from the symbolic imperative to always uphold the heterosexual normativity?
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Bitácora - Hugo Alegre (Centro Colich)
Hugo Alegre

Ayer en la noche se inauguró “Bitácora”, fascinante muestra de Hugo Alegre, artista de gran trayectoria que, en esta ocasión, plantea un vínculo dialógico y pictórico entre 1879 y 2012.  La Guerra del Pacífico es representada con una minuciosa reproducción histórica que nos hace reflexionar sobre el pasado y el presente. 

Hace medio año, más o menos, recuerdo que me quedé conversando con Hugo más de una hora en una conocida galería barranquina, y en la conversación me habló sobre los orígenes de esta muestra: un viaje suyo a Chile, cuatro décadas atrás, cuando no tenía reparos en ponerse a mochilear; allí, en algún momento se extravió en una carretera interprovincial nada transitada. Se quedó dormido, y entre sueños creyó escuchar los pasos de los soldados chilenos y peruanos, que desde el siglo XIX seguían anclados en algún ínclito combate. Y lo cierto es que para algunos el eco de la guerra con Chile resuena hasta nuestros días. 
Bitácora - Hugo Alegre (Centro Colich)
Hugo Alegre

Hugo ha combinado preciosas imágenes, de corte realista, con textos, en prosa o en verso, que aluden al conflicto. Es la primera muestra individual de Hugo que tengo la suerte de haber visitado, y quedé encantado por la sutileza de sus colores, por sus trazos finos y bien ejecutados, por sus personajes, por la combinación entre lo visual y lo escrito. Sin duda, una muestra imprescindible que todos deberían visitar. Está hasta la primera semana de octubre en el Centro Colich (Jirón Colina 110, Barranco).

Tratándose de Hugo, por supuesto, el Centro Colich estuvo repleto de gente en la inauguración. Además de Hugo estaba Carmen Alegre, a quien saludé apenas llegué. También pude encontrarme con asiduos concurrentes del circuito artístico limeño como Marcos Palacios, Paola Tejada, Julio Garay, José Medina, Paloma Reaño Hurtado, etc. Simultáneamente también se inauguraron las interesantísimas muestras de Francisco Salomón (fotografía) y “El increíble ruido” de Muriel Holguín (pintura). 

Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2012/09/bitacora-hugo-alegre-centro-colich.html


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