Guillermo Carnevale

“The Visceral Realists want to cut you off from reality, take you down the wrong path, turn you against your friends, make you desperate, sick and nauseous, burst into flames in your hands and liberate your soul.”
-Guillermo Carnevale

Guillermo Carnevale
Born in Rosario, Argentina 1971
Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Guillermo Carnevale is the son of Graciela Carnevale, a prominent member of the 1960’s conceptual avant gardist group Tucuman Arde. Graciela Carnevale was best known for a provocative art action where she invited wealthy socialites to her gallery, then locked them inside to see how long it would take before they broke with social convention and shattered the gallery windows to escape. Guillermo Carnevale has recounted how his mother put him into similarly imposed experiences of implied violence throughout his childhood, immersing him in conceptual art and challenging him to transgress societal rules whenever possible. In reaction to his mother’s influence, Guillermo went on to law school, but eventually dropped out and met Gustavo Raynal while working as a house painter. They became close friends and collaborators on ambitious art projects which challenged the established rules of an overheated art market and a corporatised museum structures. While very few of these projects were realized or successful, they served as catalysts in the development of a confrontational “impolite” approach to contemporary art and heavily informed their ideas on “institutional rupture.” While attending the Dark Heart Seminars, a series of artist workshops where the Visceral Realists were first formed, Guillermo was seriously injured when a massive crystal chandelier in the building collapsed on him. While recovering form the injury, he served as editor of the Journal of Implied Violence, the VR’s short-lived but highly influential publication, and is generally considered the intellectual of the group. He also wrote Making a Break For It in 1999, the widely-circulated academic piece which elaborates on Gustavo’s Towards a Theory of Institutional Rupture. Today, he works as an graphic and studio artist in Buenos Aires, his ouvre consisting of collage, printmaking, and installations.

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