by Alfons Hug, Curator of Pavilion of Latin America – IILA (Italo-Latin American Institute)
The sound installation consists of several indigenous Latin American languages. We selected artists who have an affinity for the indigenous linguistic heritage. The main factors in the choice of languages are not only the historical and cultural importance of the language and ethnic group, but also how close to the brink of extinction they are, and how much esthetic appeal they have.
On entering the room visitors will first hear a vague, polyphonic murmuring of all the voices together, a tapestry of sound reminiscent of a sacred space; they will then approach the individual loudspeakers though which every single language will be clearly audible.
The radical reduction of the installation to sound only demands intense concentration on the part of the visitors; the more the listeners are willing to immerse themselves in the cosmos of rare languages, the more visual elements can be dispensed with.
It is also noteworthy that all the artists are participating in a collective work that knows neither hegemony nor rank.
“Voces Indígenas” (Indigenous Voices)
Pavilion of Latin America – IILA
56. International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
May 9th – November 22nd 2015
Isolotto, Arsenale – 30122 Venice
Friday May 8th 2015, 12.00 p.m.
Sofia Medici e Laura Kalauz
PLURINATIONAL STATE OF BOLIVIA
Sonia Falcone e José Laura Yapita
León David Cobo, María Cristina Rincón e Claudia Rodríguez
Barbara Prézeau Stephenson
Erika Meza e Javier López
José Huamán Turpo
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