Communicating with Ancestors

Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla2015

Ecuador - Biennale Arte 2015

Ecuador - Biennale Arte 2015

In the proposed work with art video, a new ritual with virtual gold will be seen and listened. An animistic communication with ancestors generates in me a state of trance, giving place to a sequence of predictions of the future. With hands circular movements inside a vase of virtual gold (acrylic in this case); voices and expressions bring forth, -in a way of a Babelic language-, a cosmic language without words, an universal and spiritual sung language, in which the ancestors transmit transcendental messages for a healthy future.

As a performer I use virtual gold for healing, covering body parts, like face and hands, whereby its absorption goes directly to the brain, and fosters a feeling of wellness. In all cultures we observe the practice of masking bodies and faces with different substances and colours, most pigments coming from earthly elements such as calcites, for instance, that produces a white tincture. One of the elements most abundant in the territory of Aequad’or was gold, and this is why our aborigines knew its qualities and uses.

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  • Title: Communicating with Ancestors
  • Creator: Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla
  • Date Created: 2015
  • Location Created: Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Original Language: Sounds coming from Maria Veronica's Imaginary Trance with Ancestors, a kind of a soul communication with the ancestors looking for a better relation with the Universe
  • Provenance: Artist Collection, made for the 56 Venice Biennale
  • Type: Video Art
  • Rights: Copyright held by the artist
  • External Link: Artist web
  • Medium: Color Video & Maria Veronica's Voice Sound Composition. Duration: 6' 22''