Back to the Future (negro) [Back to the Future (black)], 2013
Collage of black carbon paper on embossed cardboard
30 x 30 cm
Jonathan Hernández creates sculptures, videos, and installations using recycled materials or sourced from newspapers and magazines that he decontextualizes through collage. In Back to the Future (negro) from 2013, Hernández recreates the logo of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), focusing on the three vertical stripes and the round silhouette, but erases every other detail. The small collaged work is made of carbon paper and cardboard, simple materials that nonetheless are meaningful. By titling the work Back to the Future, Hernández alludes to the presidential elections of 2012, which returned the PRI back to power, after two periods out of the presidential seat. Hernández uses carbon paper to imply history will repeat itself.