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IMPERI❍: el borde de las tinieblas

2018




Background

This exhibition teases out the ‘colonial eclipse’ metaphor that emerged in The Umbral Empire: Prologue (2017) to consider the idea of an eclipse and gaze at the layers of meaning (beliefs, interpretations, worldviews) sitting on top of images.

The centrepiece of the show is a video titled When Conquest Swallowed The Sun (2018), which references an incident between Columbus and a solar eclipse. This work was originally presented on a larger scale in the group show Beyond The Veil curated by Jake Treacy (2018) using a hanging perspex, round lightbox and a projector, but here it is modified to fit a monitor. In February 24, 1504, Christopher Columbus was stranded in Jamaica where the locals were resourcing him and his fleet. When the First Peoples of Jamaica ceased to support Columbus, he used an eclipse mapped on the calendar of Regiomontanus to manipulate the locals, making them believe that he caused the moon to swallow the sun and subjecting them to his will. This exhibition was shown in the original Deslave Gallery, located in the street Cristobal Colón (Christopher Columbus).



The rest of the pieces in the show belong to The Umbral Empire: Prologue (2017) and Postcard eXotica (2016-18), gaining a new context in relation to the video When Conquest Swallowed The Sun (2018).

Ramirez acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Land where he lives and works, the Wurundjeri people. He pays his respects to Elders past, present and emerging of the Kulin Nation.