Dying to live

El Pais

Javier Vallejo

EExitus, a laboriously constructed impressionist satire combining a light touch with a cutting edge. It taps into an ancestral way of looking at death as being perfectly symmetrical with life, on first-name terms with the dead.

Behind it, we can glimpse painstaking fieldwork and detailed advice, perhaps with some practice in the way undertakers work: it’s quite something to make up an imaginary dead body with the precision that they achieve. Their smooth performance, with contained gestures making no concessions to parody and avoiding the slightest hint of farce, satirises life as it is through a selection of significant fragments displayed with intelligent precision