José Manuel Fernández Arregui (Santander, 1970) has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country. His work has appeared at exhibitions including Trans-sexual Express International; Bad Boys, at the 50th Venice Biennale; Monocanal Video: 1996-2002, at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, and Chacun à son Goût, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. He has pieces in the collections of the Guggenheim Bilbao, MUSAC, Artium, MACBA, Centre d’Art la Panera, Museo de Bellas Artes de Santander, Colección Coca Cola, Colección Altadis, Fundación Ordóñez Falcón de Fotografía, Consejo Superior de Deportes and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
Using a visual narrative that combines the languages of science fiction, dance and architecture, Armonías de Senectud seeks to analyze and subvert both the cinematographic and choreographic language of the Hollywood musicals produced by the tandem Ziegfeld/Berkeley and the gymnastic parades typical of totalitarian regimes, bringing to light devices of body control and the construction of imaginaries linked to femaleness. By working with an aged cast, Arregui hopes to mock and celebrate these aesthetic values with a non-misogynist gaze, with bodies that do not fit with the objectification imposed by men, in the process taking a satirical look at male desire.