By JosÃ© LeÃ³n Cerrillo, Mexican artist
(Cannibalism alone unites us. Socially. Economically. Philosophically…
It is because we never had grammar books, nor collections of old vegetables. And we never knew what urban, suburban, frontiers and continents were. We were a lazy spot on the world map of Brazil…
Down with the reversible world and objectified ideas. Cannibalized. The curtailment of dynamic thought. The individual as victim of the system. The source of classic injustices. Of romantic injustices. And the forgetting of interior conquests.
â€”Oswald de Andrade, Manifesto AntropÃ³fago, 1928)
Says Triple Canopy:
index or constructed by way of experiment was conceived by JosÃ© LeÃ³n Cerrillo as the Internet-based variation of an existing sculpture, “having to do with suspended symbolic efficiency” (2008). First exhibited at Dispatch Projects in New York, that work is composed of a rack of posters emblazoned with archetypal abstract and architectural forms, drawn from the modernist idiom and the cities of Latin America, respectively. The posters are semi-transparent, and as viewers flip the windows of the rack, they obliterate images as others emerge…
Andradeâ€™s manifesto is a touchstone for Cerrillo. The Brazilian poet suggested, ironically, that in order to develop their own literature, his countrymen should learn from the natives who had cannibalized the first European colonists in order to acquire their strengths. If Brazilians were to apply that method to the arts, surely they would soon have a respectable national style. Of course, this parodic proposal predicted the shape that LatinAmerican architecture and urbanism would take over the course of the twentieth century.
Cerrilloâ€™s work echoes these cannibalizations and acquisitions. â€œTudo esta visto,â€ reads the text cascading down one frame (a quotation from Augusto de Campos’s revision of the cannibal figure in Andrade’s manifesto): Everything is seen, but no orientation emerges. The work is, in Cerrilloâ€™s words, â€œa map with which to read another map.â€
(See the web-based project here)
(Thanks LÃ³pez for the tip)