EARTH CONSTELLATION Nº3
SÍM Residency, Reykjavik (IS).
‘Earth Constellation’ is a project that consists on placing a set of stars in landscapes around different places on our planet through expeditions carried out by the artist. These constellations are a compound of spheres made of plaster and natural pigments.
This action refers to a myth named The Nile Meridian. Through the placement of various pyramids and sets of monoliths along the Nile river, was intended to imitate the Celestial Nile or Milky Way on the Earth. Since the beginning of humanity we have contemplated the sky and told stories about the stars, the African continent is a source overflowing with traditions and stories in relation to the cosmos. In the origin myths of many African societies, the first beings descended from heaven, a world with powerful spirits and a creator god, believed to have special abilities these early ancestors founded communities and served as connectors between the realms of Earth and heaven.
The first constellation carried out by the artist is placed in South Africa (2017), from there she takes a journey all the way from Sterkfontein caves (Cradle of Humankind) to SKA SA Radiotelescope on the Great Karoo desert. This first stage was produced thanks to the «El Ranchito» grant given by Matadero Madrid, that allowed her to get into an artistic residency in Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg.
A second constellation takes place in Madrid with an expedition to MDSCC (Madrid Deep Space Communications Complex), Space Base Madrid – NASA. This stage was selected by the II Training Programme of Comunidad de Madrid and Open Studio to be performed in 2019.
We can find the third constellation set up in Iceland, also in 2019, during a stay at SÍM Residency. A set of spheres are deposited along the Ring Road, circular journey that surrounds the island.
‘Earth Constellation’ is a compound of a concrete number of spheres (South Africa 27, Madrid 4, Iceland 7). Every star title refers to its land geographic coordinate system. This project doesn’t have an end because it will follow the artist trips taken along her terrestrial life, generating a constellation of stelar movements around the world. [ES]
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