Presentation of “Révélations” by Javier Viver by RM and Foto Colectania
The “Iconographie de La Salpêtrière” is one of the first photographic archives in the field of clinical psychiatry.
Directed by Jean-Martin Charcot and sponsored by the French state, it involved an effort to catalogue the unclassifiable by means of new photographic-documentary techniques. The marginal, that which did not fit into the rational logic of the modern project, was dissected in La Salpêtrière. It was measured, documented and classified in a systematic way. But in this operation, the use of photography led to the incorporation of the spectacle and with it a whole web of complicities between the patients and their photographers. La Salpêtrière’s show became a theatre of variety in the Tuesday sessions, before a crowded representation of the cultural and scientific elites, by means of the induction by hypnosis of contortions, epileptic seizures and hysteria attacks, the recording and exhibition of cabinets of biological curiosities and rarities, phenomena and monsters. Javier Viver (Madrid, 1971) is an artist not easily classified: sculptor, photographer, designer, book publisher and imaginer. D. in Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid with the research entitled “Laboratorio Val del Omar”, later published by Cameo in documentary format. His work focuses on the concept of imagery and iconoclasm in the face of the appearance of the invisible. He has shown his work internationally at the Museo Nacional Reina Sofía; the Queens Museum of Arts, New York; the Recoleta, Buenos Aires or the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, among others. His work is part of important museums and collections. He has been awarded a grant by the Botin Foundation at Location One, New York, the Spanish Academy in Rome of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Swatch Art Center Program to live and work in Shanghai. He has recently published “Révélations” with RM, a new edition of the “Iconografía de la Salpêtrière” in Paris.