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Home arrow ART arrow [BIENNALE ARTE 2015] Mother Earth, Pacha Mama. Ecuador – commitment for life and art
[BIENNALE ARTE 2015] Mother Earth, Pacha Mama. Ecuador – commitment for life and art
Written by Sara Bossi   

venitemilla.jpgEcuador’s constitution is considered one of the most innovative in the world, a first in 2008 when it recognized the ‘Rights of Nature’ and water. Artist Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla represents these concepts in Gold Water: Apocalyptic Black Mirrors, an exploration that goes beyond the situation of a single country and becomes global, an admonishment to humanity. Paintings, graphics, drawings, video art, video poetry, performances, books, photography.

 

Leon Veintemilla expresses her manifesto for life and art, the avoidance of excesses, the perversion of industry that penetrates and violates nature. A ‘technological theatre’ houses two main elements: water and gold, the fundaments of Ecuador’s economy. From this perspective, the artist builds her project around a universally recognized symbol: the hearth, here in the shape of a cube and re-interpreted as a modern, hyper-utilitarian kitchen.

 

Evocatively, this represents humanity forgetting about itself. Videos show a water bottling facility and gold, virtual, incandescent, in a fight against water. Kaleidoscopic visions, metal constellations, everything is explored in motion, words, numbers, and sound. Blue, green, and black are the colours of the reflection of water on the breaking point of exploitation, politics and finance and their power over water, and a black apocalyptic mirror, the reflex of society losing itself.

 

«Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla | Gold Water: Apocalyptic Black Mirrors»
Until 22 November Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà, Castello 3701-Venice

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