Carles Congost (Olot, Gerona; 1970) uses video, music, drawing and sculpture to forge a discourse on the art system and its commercial exchanges. Employing images drawn from the world of pop, the teen universe and mass culture, comics, science fiction/fantasy films and TV, he addresses questions like the construction of identity or generational conflict. His work has been shown as part of solo or group shows in Espai 13/Fundació Miró, Espacio Uno/ MNCARS, CAAC (Seville), PS1/MOMA (New York) or the Palais de Tokyo (Paris).
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The Wolf Motives/Los motivos del lobo is a fake wildlife documentary that invites us to reflect on the covert control strategies imposed on young people. The video focuses on the false notion of freedom conveyed by many of their gestures once coopted by the system, when they become merely sterile, indulged expressions of transgression.
In four days of filming and two parallel stories, The Wolf Motives assigns animal characteristics to a small community of young people immersed in nature, during a routine, night-time ritual that goes on until the early morning: revealing simultaneously the mechanisms of control and overprotection set up around their customs and lifestyle.