“Far Away, installation” demonstrates our propensity to own, and the resulting disruption of natural environments and indigenous community.
When approached, a wall sized projection of volcanos in Nicaragua begin to disintegrate. Your movements in front of the volcano will also, at the same time, create multitudes of drawings and video imagery on the opposite side of the room. This imagery (drawings, paintings, film) are inspired by the poem “The Drowned Horse” by Pablo Antonio Cuandra, which warned of imperialist threat. The imagery is also in physical form on the third wall of the space.
“Far Away” is a multi-platform ( documentary shorts, fine art, interactive installations) project on poetry in Nicaragua. Participants include previous Vice President (and 2017 César Award winner) Sergio Ramirez. BACKGROUND I am of Nicaraguan descent and began filming in Nicaragua during visits in Nov. 2013 and November 2015. I return to Nicaragua in February 2018 to complete filming.
Five wall size paintings of refugee land with audio activated projected arabic text on the floor and through the windows. The arabic is a poem on traveling across the Mediterranean sea, written by an anonymous Syrian refugee. Final show included a live performance with vocal artist Ami Yamasaki
Braile lights are projected when you walk up the stairs. The staircase is lined with canvasses of sewed braille that say” I am not telling you what to do but you have to do” which is a line from a narration by someone I met in Nicaragua. As you walk up the stairs, you activate the entire narrative which discusses the role of American imperialism in central american poverty.
” I am not telling you what to do but you have to do”. Hand sewn canvass of this narration.
Memories as objects.
Participants can listen using earphones to a track I created of poetry, music and conversations whose frequency and amplitude are generating the visuals on two different walls.
When participants talk into one of the provided microphones, the visuals are impacted — and this impact is recorded and looped in the next visual rotation— creating a permanent mark.
Eventually however, the mark is altered and distorted by new imagery that the new voices have added.
Many of my projection are made using my original software “APE” ( co-created with programmer Thomas Martinez)