Programmed by Elisa R. Linn & Lennart Wolff
Video, colour, sound
Camera by Jeff Preiss and Leigh Ledare
Edited by Nicolás Guagnini and Jessica Burgess
Courtesy the Artist, Bortolami Gallery, New York and Max Mayer Gallery, Düsseldorf
The video Clear Allegiance features the artist demonstrating by himself in the streets of Harlem with a transparent flag. Guagnini starts in the poorest part of the neighborhood, near a trash processing plant, and walks up to Columbia University, an island of privilege to which he indeed belongs himself as a professor. In keeping with the entwined politics of disenchanted capitulation and sly subversion, repositioning himself as a child of the failed revolutionary promises of 1968, Guagnini waves his flag in non-heroic moments, making the context his content, contingency his ideology. Negation and retreat are not an option, but neither is utopia. Transparency, surveillance, public space, reflection and reflexivity constitute the elements of Guagnini’s critical poetics of his time and space.