Indudablemente estos músicos están rayados, adobe, wood, guitar strings, tempera, metal structure, 143 × 116 × 167 cm.
This work is a large-scale musical sculpture based on an indigenous wind instrument from South America (ocarina). The sculpture’s proportions invites viewers to perceive the shape of sound, and contemplate its apparent silence. Chaile’s ongoing exploration of his ancestral oral tradition includes the fact of its often overlooked representation, partly due to its intangibility. The work further delves into the widely underrepresented cultural history of Tucumán, much of which has been lost through colonial erasure, and imagines how its lineage may still be continued into the present.
All photos by Andrea Rossetti