Variación sobre Los Santos Inocentes
(Variation über die Unschuldigen Heiligen)
Wand aus Holz und Graphit, Videoprojektion, mechanische Vorrichtung mit Peitsche
Präsentiert beim Internationalen Kunsttreffen in Medellín - MDE15
6. November 2015 - 27. März 2016
Rolf Abderhalden in einem Interview während des Aufbaus der Installation im Museo de Antioquia:
"The origins of this work of Mapa Teatro date back to a project we initiated in 2009 about a particular Colombian festivity, where the line separating festivities and violence is extremely tenuous and fragile. From this popular celebration of a community of African descent in Colombia’s Pacific coast, we developed a project called Santos Inocentes, and this is one of the variations we made for the Medellin Encounter 2015, where we took a small fragment and developed and amplified it through a video installation of a mechanical figure and a video projection on a graphite wall."
"What is special about this traditional festivity is the paradoxical relationship with pain, recalled through the whip that the townsmen, dressed as women and transgressing the role of the colonial master, lash onto the unmasked population."
"The pain inflicted on the bodies by the whip is a way of remembering the pain caused to the people of African descent during colonial times and all the later violence suffered in the region. But at the same time it is a paradox, it is a moment of liberation, an act of civil resistance. The festivity acts as a liberating force in order to cathartically exorcize the very conflict this community suffers, always subject to the forces of the state, the paramilitary forces or the forces of the armed conflict of Colombian guerrillas. Thus, in this celebration we experiment a paradox, and we found particularly interesting transposing it to this device."
(Übersetzung aus dem Spanischen: Marina Torres)
Rolf Abderhalden über das Werk im MDE15, bei dem es um die paradoxe Beziehung zu Schmerz während eines traditionellen afro-kolumbianischen Festes geht.