Narratives and Inscriptions of the Gran Chaco
'The Listenings and the Winds' brings together various indigenous communities of the Gran Chaco and those who do not want to be defined by their origins. The exhibition brings together activists, artisans, and mediators and initiates dialogues along with different traditions of knowledge, which are inevitably processes of decolonisation. In particular, women manifest their concerns within this framework: they form their works and discourses out of natural materials. They raise the word and translate what different living beings tell them. The exhibition shows moments of their actions and artefacts, such as textiles, ceramics, drawings, acoustic and audiovisual landscapes.
This exhibition project began its journey in Tartagal, a small city in Argentina's far north. The city inhabits thousands, including seven communities of Pueblos Originarios and non-indigenous people of diverse origins and backgrounds. In this territory, border enclave, that it is a synecdoche of another more extensive and porous, where present and past coexist, memories and resistance entwine. The confrontation between different ways of understanding nature implies a dispute for the future: either it is treated as a productive resource or as an entirety of which human beings are part.
With works by:
- Collective Orembiapo Maipora in collaboration with Florencia Califano
- Collective Thañí in collaboration with Guido Yanitto
- Archive of the Radio Comunitaria La Voz Indígena, based on the research by Mariana Ortega in collaboration with Daniela Seggiaro and Cecilia Castro
- Brayan Sticks in collaboration with Taller de Memoria Étnica and Instituto Terciario Nº 6029 Tartagal, Salta, Argentina
- Carlos 'Pajita' García Bes
Curated by Andrea Fernández