Tiro al blanco

Benvenuto Chavajay2008

Museum of Latin American Art

Museum of Latin American Art


  • Title: Tiro al blanco
  • Creator: Benvenuto Chavajay
  • Date Created: 2008
  • Title translation: Target Shooting
  • Physical Dimensions: w55 x h46 in
  • About the Work: Benvenuto Chavajay created this work using Suave Chapina, Guatemalan brand rubber thong sandals, the typical footwear worn by contemporary indigenous people in Guatemala. Today Suave Chapina flip flops have become the most popular footwear replacing the traditional leather sandal. As such this object not only becomes a symbol of a specific social class but also of the “breaking” with tradition. The over-all shape of the work is in the form of a hand gun in reference to the growing violence that now exists in Guatemala. Nevertheless the shape of the work is also reminiscent of a map and the use of flip flops is connected to the concepts of dislocation or the footsteps and movement of people leaving their county and thus, immigration.
  • Provenance: Gift of the artist
  • Type: Mixed Media-3D
  • External Link: Museum of Latin American Art
  • Medium: Sandals, latex and acrylic on board


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