My country has been in a peaceful uprising, trying to overthrow a corrupt and criminal government for more than 90 days. At the moment there are more than 100 deaths and countless human rights violations at the hands of government forces.
More than 14 years of wrong doings have seen Venezuela sink into the worst crisis in its history, with more than 200,000 violent deaths. With this piece I’m trying to represent the impotence and helplessness that I feel, and maybe by doing so I can help by exposing this terrible situation to more people.
Born in Venezuela, sculptor Sergio Hernandez studied architecture at Universidad Central de Venezuela as well as sculpture at Cornelis Zitman's studio in Caracas. Since moving to Australia, he has exhibited in many group exhibitions including In Transition (aMBUSH Gallery), 4AA4 (4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art) and Small is the New Big at Sydney's Robin Gibson Gallery where his first solo exhibition was also held in 2008. His works are held in private collections in Venezuela, the USA and Australia as well as the Museum of Art Acarigua-Araure (MAAA) in Acarigua, Venezuela.
recycled marble (Carrara Bianco)
26 x 14 x 4 cm
Viewers' Choice Award; Plinth Prize; Finalist
Sergio Hernandez, in conversation with Professor Ian Howard, discusses his work Impotence. Recorded on 14 October 2017 at the exhibition.
Judges of the 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Djon Mundine OAM (Curator, Writer, Artist and Activist), Roslyn Oxley OAM (Gallerist and arts benefactor) and Alexie Glass-Kantor (Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney and Curator, Encounters, Art Basel | Hong Kong).
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