Translating the national anthem into collages

La América toda, existe en nación, 2016

I want to write today about a past series, I look back now in a moment where Venezuela is heading to elections, to choose a new parlament (currently the only power in hands of the opposition but with no actual power because have been disabled by the Maduro regime).

But I want to talk more about how I was giving different readings to the national anthem of my country during these turbulent times.

I have started these drawings in 2017, when I was recently moved to London. It was a responde as the economical and political crisis in Venezuela was intensifying, and I couldn't avoid the pain of seeing my country and my people under such a dark wave. And it is a very dark series, but at the same time, the meaning is full of hope.

I have used rope, black ink, and cut papers from a Flos catalogue, full of architectural images and materials that resonate with my architectural background and practice spent during my years in Milan. Creating these images that are very dark, full of contrast, movement and energy. I have titled the series "Sea of Dots" I have conceived these collages as a visual interpretation of the national anthem of Venezuela for the recent times.

The anthem is titled "Gloria al bravo pueblo" (“Glory to the Brave People”) and it is a patriotic song that synthesises the history and vision of the independent revolution of Venezuela from the spanish crown. Where all together, rich and poor were claiming for freedom, a freedom that did not exist until 1810. An anthem that invited all of Spanish America to join the independent movement, following the example of the brave people of Caracas.

I try to make a parallelism between that historical moment with the current period of the Venezuelan history, because it is marked by an oppressor regime that has brought famine, economical and political crisis, and the lack of freedom for its citizens. Millions of venezuelans have been forced to flee their land in pursuit of a better future, running away from extreme poverty and violence. 

Oil because Venezuela is on top of an oil sea, a great blessing, but in this case it is more like a curse, because it is an infinite font of corruption, and origin of many of its structural problems as an economy that depends on 98% of this industry.

In a country where opposition leaders and parties have been also part of the problem, and people year by year lose their hopes in a better future or a political change, they feel abandoned, with no hope, So I invite them to see the national anthem with fresh eyes, beyond the surface, could be used for inspiration today, and light for guidance, in a moment where Venezuela need it the most.

To see the whole series, click here.


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