Monday, July 04, 2016

Cesar A. Collazo "The land without evil"

 7 juli - 24 juli 2016
Vernissage 7. juli kl 18.00

thursdays 15:00 – 19:00
fridays / saturdays 12:00 – 17:00

Land without evil is everywhere and nowhere. It is a myth of the Guarani people. Crops growe by themselves, honey and meat are abundant, there is no disease or death and all live happy.

Damiana Kryygi - of ethnic Ache belonging to the Guarani - is the name of the teenager whose photography gave the initial kick to this exhibition. Her story represents many others like her. She was captured in 1896 in the present territories of the Paraguayan jungle after a massacre of her people. In the age of 3, she is the only survivor,  and is taken to live with a family of settlers in the vicinity. She was taken as a maid, and when she was 14 years old, a group of anthropologists from the city of La Plata in Argentina, travel to study what remains of this ethnic group. The records are lost and its history goes back closed to La Plata, to the Korn family. With them Damiana will continue as a maid. Shortly, for not very clear reasons, Damiana is hospitalized in the psychiatric hospital. There, in 1906 this photography is taken by a German anthropologist who takes her as his object of study. Two months later she will die from tuberculosis. Her head is separated from the body and is brought to the Anthropological Society of Berlin. The rest of Damianas body remained in the anthropological museum in La Plata. 100 years later by coincidence,  the identity of her remains is rediscovered in the museum and is restored to her community.

The land without evil... not yet found...

Does this myth only belongs to Guarani people? Particular realities worldwide are forcing the exodus. The fruitless search for the promised land leads people to migrate - tours, transfers, migrations, nomadism, travel. On the journey the identity and origins are lost and sometimes, so tragically as ones happened with Damiana, recovered. Her body was separated from her head, and a tear symbolically represents the fragmentations imposed by migration.
Cesar A. Collazo was born in Buenos Aires and graduated as Bachelor from Art School Prilidiano Pueyrredon of Buenos Aires.
Since 2000 he has participated in various individual- and group exhibitions in Argentina and abroad at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the city of Cusco (Peru),  the House of Argentinian Culture (France), and in Germany, Norway and Austria.

He became interested in contemporary urban language regarding Pop culture of 2000.
Today (since 2014) the artist lives and works in Graz, Austria.

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