Q: Tell me about “El Pendejo”
El Pendejo was the title of an exhibition I did of portraits painted on office carpets of Carlos II, the last Hapsburg king of Spain. Due to generations of inbreeding ( ironically, in order to preserve and expand the territories of the house of Austria), he was born disabled and severely deformed. Pendejo literally means pubic hair and it’s considered a mild insult in Spanish. He was one of the most powerful men in the planet and also incredibly vulnerable… maybe, that’s one of the things I wanted people to think about while they walked on his giant portraits.
El Pendejo, installation view