"Conversos", 2015
8 objects, carved wood
85 x 120 x 120 cm (33 1/2 x 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in.) alltogether

The work “Conversos” by Javier Téllez is composed of the combination of two very singular objects. Hand carved wood figures from the German black forest sustain on their heads wooden sculptures of hands with inscriptions from the Koran, made in Gaza.

The title makes reference to those who converted from one religion to another, a current topic, now that many westerners are joining the Islamic State. But the title also alludes to the technique used for the construction of the artwork: A bricolage composed of two dissimilar kind of objects, belonging to different geographical and cultural contexts. “Bricolage" was the term that Levi-Strauss used to describe a specific pattern of mythological thought, which attempts to recycle available materials in order to confront new problems.

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