Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is an artist based in New York whose work emphasises socio-political reality and delves into the nature of memory. He uses language and historical narrative, availing himself of theatrical and literary resources that he then transposes into conceptual language.
Revolver is a conference-performance piece conceived of for the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Written in the form of a palindrome - i.e., texts that can be read equally from left to right and vice versa - it constitutes one of the longest written texts of this nature in Spanish.
In the tradition of experimental literature, Revolver interweaves three narrative lines: a news story on politics and economics, a personal love story and a theoretical exposition on modern art that includes 20th-century musical fragments which are also palindromic.
The programme includes two other short pieces: Viveros and Orizaba. The texts are accompanied by palindromic compositions for piano performed by Beatriz Helguera-Snow.
Helguera has shown his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), PS1 (New York), the London Royal College of Art (RCA), the Havana Biennale and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA), among others. In 2008, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.