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DÁVILA’s artistic practice uses an eloquent recursion located in the boundaries of the homage, imitation and critique. In a sort of mirage, the artist uses different reproduction strategies to dismantle the relation between form and content, as well as manifest the virtues and deficiencies of his references. For more than a decade, Dávila has configured distinctive aesthetics in his body of work, evidencing both his education as an architect as well as his character of self-though historian. Introducing a particular interest in Western culture, the imagery comprised within the artist’s work is based on a deep approach to Architecture and art history. This allows him to create tautological games regarding the legacy of the 20th Century Avant-gardes. Recently, the artist has explored photography and documents as a means of registration, and their possibilities of re-signification. These media lets him to appeal to the imagination and generate new perspectives on artistic tradition. DÁVILA’s work addresses the question about the limits of instrumental values through the use of common materials to create sculptures, objects and installation. Frequently, the nature of these materials approaches both, architecture construction as well as formal artistic production, which subscribe his work to principles coined by Minimalism and Arte Povera. DÁVILA has also manifested a special interest in the use and occupation of space, issues that have been present throughout his career.