Alejandro Cesarco

An artist reveals how to be contemporary and come to terms with art’s history

By Martin Herbert

Portrait by Jack Pierson

In the opening scene of Alejandro Cesarco’s five-part black-and-white 16mm film Everness (2008), a handsome young man sits beside a brimming bookcase, discoursing measuredly on the ideas of an unnamed literary thinker. The latter, the figure onscreen tells us, defines tragedy as “the arrival of an enigmatic, supernatural message that the hero fails to fully and timely comprehend… for the person who has to decipher it, it’s a life-and-death situation, something like having to understand a text under a death…

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