ARTE AL DIA

Simon Flores, ARTE AL DIA, January 1, 2009

How can the currents of collective thought whose impetus lies in the past be recreated when we can grasp only the present?" writes Maurice Halbwachs in his posthumous work On Collective Memory. The work of Carlos Betancourt seems to have an answer: we can grasp the currents of collective thought through pop an.
For Mr. Betancourt collective memory is sustained through continuous production, contrasts of colors opaque and neon, the variety of representational forms. Halbwachs helped us understand how the collective memory of a country, for example, is partly created by the monuments it erects.