Beulah, 2008
Plywood, chipboard, vespa tires, bricks, cement, mannequin torso, coat fabric, borsalino hats, rope

Exhibition view:
Javier Téllez “4 1/2”, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany, 2009

This work has been created by the artist in connection with the film "Letter on the Blind, for the Use of Those Who See", 2007. Inspired loosely by the parable of the blind men and the elephant - in which six blind men each touch a different part of an elephant and obtain different notions of what an elephant is - Téllez focuses not on the animal but on the spoken testimonies about the experience of blindness, given by the six sight-impaired who, in an almost ceremonial procedure recorded by the film, feel an elephant for the first time.

He realized the sculpture after the different descriptions of the animal by the blinds in the above mentioned film. One of them compares the skin with a warm car tyre, another one with a furry sofa cover and a third person with the thick skin of a lizard. According to these specifications, the artist creates an elephant which illustrates how the six blind persons perceive the animal.

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