Queens Museum of Art

Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
NY-11368 Queens

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Solitario (1998) portrays a group of girls and boys playing on the ring after a wrestling match has finished. As they mimic their wrestling idols, they battle chaotically one against another. Meanwhile the action slowly progresses and following an adult voice we hear a chorus of children shouting “Solitario,” the name of a well-known professional Mexican wrestler, and also the Spanish word for “solitary.” The juxtaposition of the chanting of this word with the dynamics of the children suggests a latent meaning in the piece. Solitario highlights the irony of the forlorn feeling that frequently arises in an individual despite—or because of—a crowded and energetic environment.

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Carlos Amorales