Artist Statement: Carlos Barberena

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Art is a powerful form of communication that I employ to reflect on and question the issues that we encounter in a consumer society.
Lead by corporation-friendly governments, we are often indifferent to environmental pollution and socio-political injustices. In this series of prints I appropriate and re-contextualize masterpieces, borrowing their compositional strategies and sometimes their titles, but inserting contemporary imagery with sarcasm and satire to create new works.
These pieces take a critical view on different greedy corporations that are using GMO’s in their products. They condemn the way policies that favor these corporations are affecting our natural resources, health and labor rights, provoking a catastrophe in our contemporary society. I am trying to challenge the status quo in this “fast food society” making satirical relief prints that emphasize both concept and craft.