March 15 to April 28, 2017
There are many well-known stories of ships that crossed the ocean in ancient times without using sophisticated technologies to guide them. Then it seemed that the sky and rudimentary compasses were the only instruments available for leading exploratory journeys or economic exchanges. Navigators like Marco Polo ventured in search of the wonders of the world in perilous voyages that uncovered new commercial and cultural routes. Nowadays, with GPS technologies or satellite location devices, it seems that defining the paths through which we travel is too simple. However, this guarantee of location and constant communication is ineffective against the adversities of nature.
In Some Economies, Alejandro Sánchez Suárez (Bogota, 1981) takes a look at the possibility that things might not go so well. The artist uses different mediums such as installations, paintings and objects to propose a parallel between containers and humanity. Containers, like humanity, walk a path that, in some cases, can leave them adrift. It is precisely the representation of cargo ships in the middle of the ocean, turning, sinking and burning that draws attention to this possibility, that failure to establish a relationship with the world.
Here, containers are presented as paradoxical objects with the intention of dealing with the possible contents of a cargo ship with irony: containers that carry fragments of sea and ships; containers that are overcome by their cargo and end up being contained; or containers that make the territory move.
This reflection on the commercialization of land is reinforced in the paintings in which Alejandro Sanchez takes images of the Andes mountain range as reference and adds a watermark with IC codes, which are commonly used in the transportation industry to distinguish the country that audits the containers. In the middle of that game there is something that cannot be seen: IC numbers which indicate who owns that which seems like a landscape, and therefore who is responsible for selling the natural resources extracted from that landscape.
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