With the exhibition S.A.D. Co The Blind Castle by Tomás Ochoa, Tatiana Kourochkina Art Gallery participated in the Screen festival showing the video Indios Medievales .
In SAD Co. The Blind Castl e, Ochoa analyses neo-colonial relationships as he navigates through the empire’s collective memory. This journey starts in the ruins left by the American transnational South American Development Company in the mining town of Portovelo (Ecuador). The exhibit begins with large-sized photographs that the artist re-works through a printing technique that uses gunpowder on canvas and creates the image as it burns. The fire thus reveals the faces and the vanished scenes of mining exploitation. The exhibit is completed by a video installation that simultaneously transmits in three channels, whose purpose is to capture personal histories and repressed memories. It gathers the testimony of three miners of the SAD Co., and analyzes their strategies for resistance. These memories of exploitation end with a subjective camera tour through the remains of the mine and dramatized scenes of some of the events narrated by the protagonists.
The proximity and universality of this situation of invasive exploitation is striking, and sadly contemporary in the itinerant exploitation produced by the migration of individuals. Ochoa treats the theme of social inequality, both past and present, brilliantly; his aesthetic reflection is experimental –he works with the material he has at hand, which he manages to infuse with a symbolism intended to make viewers think.
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With the exhibition
S.A.D. Co The Blind Castle
by Tomás Ochoa, Tatiana Kourochkina Art Gallery…
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