Serie Oráculo, 2020
De la Serie Oráculo
Impresión giclée sobre papel algodón
80 x 64 cm
The coca leaf cuts across our history and its symbolic, ritual, economic, and political power continues to mediate the present in various aspects.
In the Andean cosmovision, the coca leaf is used as a medium between earthly beings and the gods. Also as the oracle that allows a glimpse of the past, the present, and the future. The Andean notion of time emphasizes the cyclical as the very nature of history, particularly significant in our history.
Photography is asked to certify the existence of its reference, but the images of the leaves only certify the loss of depth and meaning. In a sense, photographing the referent makes it disappear because, in this context, the image of the leaf goes beyond its formal composition. What we don’t see is more powerful.
In this sense, in addition to the photographs of the leaves, the images that make a counterpoint, have a symbolic connotation that fixes a moment in contemporary historical construction. Images were taken in spaces such as the sky of the town of Tinta, the birthplace of the liberator Tupac Amaru II, a river of candles commemorating a collective wake for victims of the time of the internal armed conflict. The sun reflected in a water observatory in the ruins of Machu Picchu on the day of the beginning of the summer solstice, a skull, or a Moche ceramic piece “The announcer of death”. This polyptych condenses moments and objects that, in their symbolic potential, dialogue with the notion of the oracle and in turn with anchoring points of the diffuse construction of the history of Peru.
The idea of nation or country, of collectivity grouped under one word, becomes blurred in itself, like the emptiness of meaning that language has that is unknown. Perhaps in that return to form, to the primary reading of intuition and instinct, is where we can reconfigure a new sense. A reading of the image that connects us as a ground wire through the form, as if it were a water mirror. The bridge between the past and the present allows us to draw an idea of the future, where the reading of chance is always and never right.