Alejandro Cesarco Present Memory 2009

  • Not on view

Cesarco made this portrait of his father, who was a doctor, shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer. The camera lingers on him, posed in his office as if for a still photograph, with a melancholy that suggests final contact or farewell. “The work documents both a constructed and an anticipated memory,” the artist said. In fact, the video shows his filmic portrait projected in the same space in which it was made, now empty.

Gallery label from Chosen Memories, April 30–September 9, 2023
Video (color, silent)
3 min.
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund
Object number
© 2024 Alejandro Cesarco
Media and Performance

Research in progress; information about this work may be incomplete.


Murray Guy Gallery, New York
Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York and Caracas, 2011
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017

Exhibition history

London, Tate Modern, Level 2 Gallery, "Present Memory", July 10 - October 31, 2010


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