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Pablo Paillole works with moving image, sound, text and photography to explore the relationship between popular culture and politics; fiction and reality; past, present and future.Through his audiovisual installations – often personal and inspired by his own Spanish cultural heritage – he asks questions around the concepts of truth, narrative and history using archival media and found footage. His interest in archival media the ‘constructedness’ of information originally emerged in response to fake news and the way image-making mechanisms condition belief or plausibility. He interrogates the extent to which fictional characters and narratives bleed into the world’s socio-political reality, as well as reinforcing the archive’s authority and power against misinformation. Concerned with these overlapping opposites (fiction and reality, past and present) his practice stands as a necessary form of resilience against fake informational content that has proven to be a key agent in recent elections across the globe. Therefore, Pablo Paillole’s interdisciplinary art practice intends to re-interpret the conventional narrative construction processes; to disentangle the media’s conglomerate of fictional and factual content; and to fully acknowledge our past in order to understand our present.

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alt I have always been interested in navigating the subtleties - and complexities - adhered to our individual relationships to commodities in the context of post-capitalism
Jargon repurposed: The Tax Inspector
PP: What do you do for a living? YY: I’m a tax inspector.    PP: What does your job entail? YY: I guess, essentially, this practice leads me to frequently challenge society’s preconceived notions of ownership, entitlement and right to material wealth. I seek to restructure that – often intangible...
Pablo Paillole
That night captioned
Closed captions allow for the viewer’s flexibility and freedom of choice – whether or not they want to see the captions and, if available, which language. However, for pieces where this flexibility compromises the overall understanding, content and aesthetic it’s worth exploring open...
alt image of an investment advisor with open captions
Jargon repurposed: the Investment Advisor
PP: What do you do for a living? YY: I’m an Investment Advisor specialised in crypto-currency market research. PP: What does that entail? YY: I interrogate the relationship between supply and demand through the inherent abstraction in concepts such as currency, globalisation, power… My research is essentially...
alt Pablo's mum and grandma sitting in two rocks looking sideways from each other
Walking in Madrid: senses, feelings and memories
non-linear double-channel film, conversation structure: moon crash – seasons seasons – horoscope – taurus (me) – libra (grandma) libra (grandma) – emotionally contained (post-war trauma, we’ll come back to that) – never told mum “I love you” never...
alt=I often work with textile media to enquire into the audience´s relationship with satisfaction through Fredric Jameson’s notion of schizophrenia in our frenetic consumer society.
Jargon repurposed: The Retail Manager
Interviewing PP (not in the shot), starring XX   Sales Manager XX filmed speaking.   PP: What do you do for a living? XX: Smiling. I’m a Retail Manager for a multinational franchise.   PP: What does that entail? XX:  I often work with textile media and elements of performance to enquire...
alt my work encapsulates the ever-lasting tension between physical absence and mediated presence in human interactions
Jargon Repurposed
What would non-artists sound like if they were asked to describe their different roles and responsibilities as contemporary art practices? Could a tax inspector or a deliveroo rider walk into a contemporary art exhibition today and relate to the artworks or they way in which they are shown? Otherwise,...
Shot of a woman sat in a park bench. Trees in the background and black and white pictures and shown in the foreground.
Access to Moving Image
Most of my past moving image works have had an element of text that was an intrinsic part of the work. Sometimes, this text was aimed towards improving accessibility in exhibition contexts whereas others it had merely an aesthetic function; occasionally both. Therefore, the topics raised in Accessibility...