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130,000 Years of Last Tendencies

130,000 Years of Last Tendencies (2006–07), is a mural painting that occupies the four walls of the exhibition gallery in a thematic continuum, displaying cross-sectional images of a cemetery that allows onlookers to see the buried bodies and gravestones at the same time as they see the trees that cover them on the surface. The title alludes to the estimation of Homo sapiens’ first appearance on earth approximately 130,000 years ago, the first hominid who inaugurated the use of burial grounds after grasping the fact of his own death. Lazkoz claims that, on the one hand, the piece is a kind of exorcism of personal fears and on the other, a free tribute to the classic painting of artists such as Sánchez-Cotán, from whom she borrows the resource of the geometric niche where the organic form rests.

Abigail Lazkoz

130,000 Years of Last Tendencies, 2006–07

Mural painting (2007). Acrylic on wall, site-specific dimensions
Five drawings (2006). India ink and pigmented ink on paper, 152 x 250.5 cm; 152 x 242.5 cm; 152 x 235.5 cm; 152 x 298.5 cm; 152 x 254 cm

Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

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