8 Mar, 2023 – 10 Sep, 2023
The Museo Marco La Boca and the Fundación Tres Pinos are pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition
upcoming exhibition AMÉRICA, by Argentine artist Adriana Bustos, curated by Eva Grinstein.
curated by Eva Grinstein.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION. Eva Grinstein
Under the title América, this project begins with a gesture of linguistic and symbolic reappropriation: to take the linguistic and symbolic reappropriation: taking for the south the name that is usually used by a part of the north of the continent. America for South Americans, the artist proposes in her own way.
What is America? Where is it? In this fictional cutout, America can be narrated from the geopolitics of our rivers.
On the first floor of the museum, a very extensive navigational chart – similar to those used by conquerors in the 16th century to with those used by the 16th century conquistadors to make routes to new worlds more efficient routes to new worlds – presents an impressive collection of images and data related to the images and data related to the contemporary life of some of the main waterways of the Southern Cone.
A thread that respects, in part, the north-south distribution of the actual geography, including the Orinoco and Magdalena that run down through Venezuela and Colombia; the exuberant streams crossing the tropical green Brazil; an Urubamba tropical green Brazil; an Urubamba hugging the mountains of Machu Picchu; the reddish-brown rivers running reddish-brown rivers rushing to empty into the Rio de la Plata and an open end in the icy currents of the Beaufort Canal.
The calamities generated by “progress”, legal and illegal trafficking, reconfigured flora and fauna, extractivist voracity and the effects of and fauna reconfigured, the voracity of extractivism and the effects of the advance on coasts and living beings on coasts and living beings, including humans, are some of the lines that run through an itinerary anchored in the crudest present. Bridges, mining companies, ships, dams, violated bodies. Postcards of devastation.
In the installation that occupies the second floor, a life-size fish-woman in an evident clay-colored
clay-colored fish-woman, who has abandoned the tradition of the beautiful and captivating mermaids, lies inert, in her strange condition, inert, in her strange condition of muddy fish with gills and vulva. The jungle and the murmur of the bugs of land and water accompany her with indolence, engrossed in the wonder of their own flow. Without knowing it, they have become witnesses of mutations and monstrosities that have nothing to envy to those those fabled by the chroniclers of the Indies.
Adriana Bustos’ America is an invitation to connect and interpret; it is the map of a mental traveler.
of a mental traveler. From dream to nightmare and from there, if possible, to another utopia.
possible, to utopia again. There might be some hidden message in the smile of the pink Amazon dolphin.
the smile of the pink Amazon dolphin. Almost extinct, it lives for about thirty years in the wild and about thirty months on and about thirty months on average in captivity, where it does not allow itself to be trained.