“Carlos Capelán is a contemporary artist from Montevideo, Uruguay. He was exiled from Uruguay in the 1970s, one of many political refugees from Latin America’s Southern Cone who ultimately landed in Sweden to escape a military dictatorship. His multi-layered, atmospheric installations explore issues of displacement and dislocation, themes of identity, and the role that politics and culture play in creating and corrupting one's sense of identity.
Capelán describes his installation for the Beaverbrook Art Gallery as follows:
“Now you see it” is a show based on drawings. The premise of the project is that although based on limited resources (in terms of media, size, surfaces, colours, etc.), drawings have the possibility to relate to and articulate complex issues. This is to say, that in these times when we are so fascinated by complex technological tools, the drawing - maybe now more than ever and with its very limited resources - allows us to work with the complexity of languages. This is also to say that there is a difference between technology and techniques, just like there is a difference between tools and their use. The drawings that are included can all be seen as individual works, but as a whole they are conceived as one installation piece.”
Capelán has had more than 200 group and solo exhibitions, and his work has been exhibited worldwide. He is a recipient of the Prize of the Third Havana Biennial and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among many other honours.”