The invisible is a place

2013

Of the factors we use to go out in search of our identity, territory is one of the oldest and perhaps the most eloquent to our memories. The advance of time, which buries us under a growing constellation of experiences, allows only a small part of those memories to stay afloat and be remembered.

That is why , as if it were the dreamed "time machine", territory possesses an almost magical power of evocation and symbolic transfer of the distant in time to the present. It is an eternal witness, capable of returning to us the reality of crucial events and circumstances of the past; a key piece for the formation of stories that narrate our personal identity and collective history.

Through the works collected in this exhibition, there is a personal struggle that involves facing the violent transformation of places and landscapes that were the backdrop of significant childhood experiences. The destruction of these spaces by the depredation of forests, the erosion of soils and mountains, the contamination of rivers, as well as physical and imaginary wounds, left by the explosion of social violence in disputes against extractive mining activities , are part of a crisis. Not only on a collective scale, but of the identity of each individual. The violent transformation of these spaces, shatters our belonging. It is also, a silent form of violence on a deep and intimate personal level.

However, before the irremediable alteration of the spaces of our memories, it is moving, and even tragic, to note that "memory clings to places like history to events," as Pierre Nora wrote in "The places of memory." For even before the weight of destruction, we see the magnetic aura of those places, far from vanishing, it is transfigured in enigmatic and disturbing images that persist by weaving the maps of our memories.







Black river. Installation view. Variable dimensions.



Black river. Installation view. Variable dimensions.



Black river. Installation view. Variable dimensions.







What was left. Cut paper. 130 x 320 cm.



What was left. Detail.







Cerro Colorado. Drawing on paper. 35 x 120 cm.



Untitled. Charcoal and mixed media on canvas. 80 x 120 cm.



Untitled. Charcoal and mixed media on canvas. 80 x 120 cm.



Untitled. Charcoal and mixed media on canvas. 80 x 105 cm.



Untitled. Charcoal and mixed media on canvas. 80 x 105 cm.



Cut paper. 65 x 50 cm.



Cut paper. 65 x 50 cm.



Untitled. Silkscreen. 50 x 72 cm.



Untitled. Silkscreen. 50 x 72 cm.



Untitled. Silkscreen. 50 x 72 cm.