ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) announces the opening of the solo painting exhibition TRABAJO/DIGNIDADby the noted painter and graffiti artist JOAN ENTES JIMENEZ, next Thursday, July 10 at 7.30 p.m. Joan Entes (Lima, 1982) studied painting at the Escuela de Arte Corriente Alterna (2006-2011). He has worked on his own since 1998, and together with the artist Pésimo since 2000. The two have been working as the collective or duo “Entes y Pésimo” for ten years now, and they are currently considered two of the most interesting, versatile, and influential urban artists in Peru, with several exhibitions under their belts, from the show at the Galería Luis Miró Quesada Garland in 2004 that set off the graffiti boom in the more “formal” artistic circuit, to their shows at Galería Lucía de la Puente, Artco, Pancho Fierro, the Cultural Center of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, among others. They have also represented Peru as opinion leaders for well-known brands, with whom they work nationwide, as well as participating in important festivals in France and Chile. The current exhibition, “Trabajo/Dignidad” (“Work/Dignity”), consists of ten paintings using mixed techniques, including a neon assemblage and a video. Entes’ work in general is based on research into marginal societies, clandestinity, and discrimination. His figures, with their penetrating gazes, tell stories of street life, narrating what they experience and live through in the city, day in and day out. In particular, he examines forms of discrimination against the working class, the workforce. It is precisely this group that is depicted and reflected in the work on display in this show. “The starting point for the pieces in this exhibition was the phrase ‘Work dignifies man.’ But does work really dignify man these days? Something similar happened with Magritte’s ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe.’ The painting isn’t a pipe, but rather the image of a pipe. As Magritte said, ‘The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it’s just a representation, is it not? So if I’d written on my picture "This is a pipe,” I would have been lying!’ (cited in Harry Torczyner, Magritte: Ideas and Images, p. 71). In my wanderings, I collected these images, the images of hands and the tasks they have repeated for millennia: taking up, building, and making. In short, that continuous ‘doing,’ that doing that is so undervalued, overlooked, and often looked down on.” Joan Entes J.