Daniel Ruanova in Arcaute Contemporary Art

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Political Bio-lence?

Recent studies have shown that –from the neurological point of view- violence in the human being has its origins in an overactive amygdale, a section in the brain generally linked to fear, and in a lower than normal activity in the frontal lobe, which is a region in the brain related to reasoning and self control.

As a result, in great measure, fear itself generates the explosive impulses that lead to violent acts, triggering in turn more fear and so on ad infinitum. However, there is also the certainty that genetics is not always what determines whether or not the individual is to be aggressive since a violent environment is another determining factor that modifies said mental structure.

In that sense, contemporary societies have become perfect breeding grounds to generate violence and insecurity conditions. Never like today have we had out in the open a mixture of helplessness and resignation, as the idea that sordid places were not related to us has become history. Never like today does it seem necessary to have more than faith or apathy.

The point that Daniel Ruanova  has been making for some time in his works, is overwhelmingly linked to his clarity in taking the pulse of a society like Tijuana, which exudes vitality as much as violence, recklessness as much as disenchantment and debauchery and hope. That one that little by little seems endangered or even trade value.

Physically transferring this discourse, besides standing out as an act of resistance, is a political act in the most aristotelic meanings and allows him to maintain the validity of such questions as: At which point in time did we become what we are? When was the last time we felt safe? And above all: Who ever said democracy is perfect?

But be aware, there never appears one bit of commiseration, banal complaint, and least of all, renouncement. If all around us things seem to crumble down and collapse, it is in any case a good excuse for becoming the most skillful of all climbers.

Marco Granados / December 2008

Traslation by Evelyne Trolley de Prévaux

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