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Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. CP 64920

Christian Boltanski at MARCO Monterrey curated by Gonzalo Ortega

January 22, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ( en español abajo)

 

Yesterday, the private opening venue for the exhibition Cristian Boltanski /animitas/ took place at MARCO Monterrey which was simply amazing. It started with a talk between Gonzalo Ortega, the curator of the museum and Christian Boltanski.  They talked about his career,  how perhaps his methods and materials have evolved with time but how his main topics - identity, memory and death- haven't change at all. Maybe, his must recent projects have different perspectives as he grows old but they never looses his particular poetic and majestic quality found in all his pieces.  

His work is summed up in two things he said : " Everyone deserves a monument" and " I see God in every person"

It's amazing how fearless he is toward death, at the beginning of his career he used to talk about others death and now as he is growing older, is developing projects that has to do with his own final day. An example, there is a piece in the exhibition, which is a digital timer in sync with the seconds he has lived and of course is still counting. It is a strong idea, it's hard to watch it an to think that inevitably, one day will stop.

Two pieces were specially produced for this outstanding exhibition. The first one - from where the exhibit  takes its name - Animitas. In Chile, there is a word which makes a reference to all the crosses and small memorials people place alongside the highways to pay a tribute to someone who has died in an accident. This word is called animitas, which can be translated as little souls. In one of the exhibit rooms, there is a video which last 17 hrs projected; on the floor there is an organic carpet of dry grass and fresh flowers which will end up drying as the exhibition progresses. The video showcase hundreds of little bells that are moved by the wind and which are placed somewhere in the middle of Atacama’s desert where is known that a lot of missing peoples corpses ended up thrown away during Pinochet's dictatorship. 

In another exhibit hall, the public bumps into a huge golden mountain. At first it looks like is made out of something solid and, form near, it becomes clear that is made out of emergency blankets; the same ones that everyone saw on the news covering the people after the November attacks in Paris. 

Please do yourself a huge favor and give yourself the opportunity to see this outstanding exhibition. Fly over to Monterrey it's totally worth it.

 

 

Ayer tuvo lugar la inauguración privada de la exposición Cristian Boltanski /animitas/ y fue simplemente alucinante. Empezó con una charla entre Gonzalo Ortega, el curador y Christian Boltanski.  Hablaron de su carrera y cómo tal vez sus métodos y materiales han evolucionado con el tiempo, pero sus principales temas de estudio - identidad, memoria y muerte- no han cambiado para nada.  Tal vez sus proyectos más recientes tienen una nueva perspectiva a medida que se ha crecido, pero no ha perdido la calidad poética constante y la majestuocidad que siempre ha caracterizado sus obras. 



Su trabajo se resume en dos frases que dijo ayer: "Todas las personas merecen un monumento" y "yo veo a Dios en todas las personas" 
 

Es impresionante cómo no le tiene miedo a la muerte. Al principio de su carrera hablaba de la muerte de los otros y a medida que han pasado los años, ha empezado a desarrollar proyectos relacionados con su propio dia final. Por ejemplo, en la exposición hay una pieza que consiste en un contador digital que va mostrando los segundos vividos por el artista y que por supuesto siguen contando. Sin embargo, es inevitable ver la pieza y pensar que algún día va a parar de contar.

Hay dos piezas especialmente realizadas para el marco de esta exposición. La primera, que además da el nombre a la exhibición: Animitas. En chile, existe una palabra para describir esos pequeños monumentos que hay por las carreteras que hacen tributo a alguien que tal vez murió en un accidente. A estas cruces, se les dice animitas, como pequeñas almas. En uno de los cuartos, hay un video que dura 17 horas sobre un piso lleno de algo que parece pasto seco y flores (que eventualmente se irán pudriendo a medida que pasa la exposición). El video proyecta cientos de campanitas chinas colocadas en algún lugar del desierto de Atacama, que suenal al viento y conmemoran la muerte de muchas personas. Contaba Boltanski que durante la dictadura de Pinochet, 
llevaban los cuerpos de los desaparecidos al desierto y que incluso hoy, todavía hay personas que buscan los restos de sus familiares en  este inmenso lugar. 

En otra sala, el espectador se encuentra manos a boca con una gran montaña dorada que parece hecha con un material sólido. Al acercarse, se puede notar que está hecha a partir de sábanas de emergencia, las mismas con las que vimos cubrir a las víctimas de los atentados el pasado Noviembre en Paris.

Hágase un favor y vaya a ver esta exposición. Viaje a Monterrey, vale 100% la pena. 

 

 

 

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