Western Indias (Convocação do Mito: O Hierofante)
Images produced without manipulation (DSLR Camera, Canon). The "Índias Ocidentais" [Western Indias] project was undertaken by me in 2017 (May and June), while visiting and registering ruins of the Jesuit reductions in Argentina (Misiones) and Paraguay. Among the places visited are Santísima Trinidad del Paraná (1706), Nuestra Señora de Loreto (1610), Nuestra Senora de Santa Ana (1633) and San Ignacio Miní (1611). The project also included the visit and registration of the city of Posadas' museums, streets and contemporary urban scenery. The fifth image displayed here is particularly important to me. I call it "Convocação do Mito (o Hierofante)" [Conjuring of the Myth (the Hierophant)]. The sixth one is called "Repoussoir" [Pushing back framing, a Mannerist painting technique]. Like my other projects, what is at issue here is not the elaboration of a memory of the past (Colonial America, in this case). My interest is triggered by the ruins of history themselves (the corrosion of the idea of ​​progress), and above all by phenomena such as syncretism (here vast, intercontinental) and the rooting of culture in the material &/or nonhuman universe, which challenges the linear conception of time adopted by historians and the discipline of history alike.
Western Indias (Convocação do Mito: O Hierofante)
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