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Features in display

Series of objects, 2017-2021
Residues collected from contaminated 
areas, driftwood, ceramics, bones,
iron, concrete cast, plaster, and glass.
16x11x5cm

 

The accumulation of different types of industrial waste dumped in the environment in many regions of the planet produces contamination of different types and at different levels, caused by substances in the composition of the materials. This constitutes an urgent extremely complex issue to be considered since, in addition to being a socio-environmental or material issue, it constitutes a new paradigm of temporality. Modern industrial wastes have properties of durability and ubiquity: they do not degrade easily and are everywhere. This leads to reflections on what it means to belong to a permanently contaminated environment. How to end this cycle? Would incorporating this contamination be an option as a strategy to survive it? Is there room for artistic approaches in this scenario of emergency, rupture, and devastation? And beyond, what would be the role of artistic practice in it?

 

There is then a phenomenological expressiveness in the instant of encounter with such materials that often reveal themselves as potential articulators of dialogues that allow us to emancipate from more orthodox notions of the relationship between human and non-human entities. Further, these materials reflect how uncontrolled industrial activities produce modes of ruin with unique, unspeakable and architectural fossils that already alter our perception of the future.

Prosaic’ objects become signs of history, which have to be deciphered. So the poet becomes not only a naturalist or an archaeologist, excavating the fossils and unpacking their poetic potential, he also becomes a kind of symptomatologist, delving into the dark underside or the unconscious of a society to decipher the messages engraved in the very flesh of ordinary things. (The Aesthetic Revolution and its Outcomes - Jacques Ranciere)

The works are composed of residual materials gathered and produced between 2016 and 2021 in different regions of South America and Northern Europe at areas reported as contaminated by large-scale industrial activity.

Features in display

Series of objects, 2017-2021
Residues collected from contaminated 
areas, driftwood, ceramics, bones,
iron, concrete cast, plaster, and glass.
16x11x5cm

Features in display

Series of objects, 2017-2021
Residues collected from contaminated 
areas, driftwood, ceramics, bones,
iron, concrete cast, plaster, and glass.
16x11x5cm

Features in display

Series of objects, 2017-2021
Residues collected from contaminated 
areas, driftwood, ceramics, bones,
iron, concrete cast, plaster, and glass.
16x11x5cm