Letanía [Litany]

Rosalba Mirabella2020

Fundación Itaú Argentina

Fundación Itaú Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina

This work unfolds through an object, words and sounds, a series of personal enquiries regarding my family history. The starting point is a repeated name. The collar that I present is the synthetic recreation of a rosary that hanged on the wall that belonged to my house until I was four, and of which I keep a vague memory. On the other hand, Rosario is a repeated name in my family (my grandmother, grandfather and mother). Then I decided to look for synonyms for the word rosary. From each synonym, I looked for their synonyms, until I collected 61 words, which is the number of prayers that we pray in a rosary. I engraved the words in beads and inserted them in order of appearance. Later I joined my sisters and the three said the 61 words. These voices were recorded as part of the sound included in the piece. With this work, I attempt to search information starting from a family object with affective value, and dissemble it and compose it again with new and possible meanings.
The track repeats in loop and the words are:
Rosary/sort/series/enumeration/litany/flock/chain/list/string/slavery/subjection/dependence/succession/continuity/linking/mountain range/servitude/oppression/link/union/strap/leash/brake/subordination/tribute/submission/offspring/descendence/inheritance/prosecution/following/extension/line/power/dominion/right/demand/bondage/hindrance/tie/lock/connection/marriage/nuptials/wedding/connection/correspondence/conformity/unity/fusion/harmony/pairing/bite/contribution/tax/duty/census/burden/homage.
Source: Itaú Cultural Visual Arts Award 2019-2020 Catalogue


  • Title: Letanía [Litany]
  • Creator: Rosalba Mirabella
  • Date Created: 2020
  • Date Published: 2020
  • Location: San Miguel de Tucumán
  • Physical Dimensions: 97 x 20 x 6 cm
  • Original Language: Español
  • Provenance: 11th Itau Visual Arts Award Selection
  • Type: Installation
  • Publisher: Itaú Foundation Argentina
  • External Link: Link to video of the active work
  • Medium: Enameled ceramic object, wire and speaker with soundtrack

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