Edgardo Aragón’s work discloses a series of situations that take place within a specific social context in Mexico. Through the use of narrative and inspired by his own entourage, Aragón stages situations, stories and events that have taken place in his own rural setting and that he has witnessed or learned about, mainly through oral history. His work references a legacy of stories charged with violence and strong social meaning; as a result, he creates very personal works informed by poetic narratives. Every piece in Aragón’s oeuvre encompasses a story that is slowly been told once again; they depict a memory or the presentation of the reconstruction of personal experiences. Through a series of clips and scenes, Aragón constructs his family portrait, now broadly captured on video.
<i>La Trampa</i> (2011), is a 3-channel video installation that documents an airplane’s attempt to land on a damaged and abandoned clandestine landing strip that used to be part of an aerial route for transporting marijuana during the 70s and 80s in a remote town called La Trampa, in Oaxaca (Southern Mexico). This recreation, however, goes back to the original context in which the only witnesses of the airplane’s activity were the few inhabitants that lived in the nearby village -established precisely due to the drug business in the area.
A folk song known from word of mouth by the inhabitants of the town, tells the story of the last plane that ever landed on this site without being able to take off, and it also narrates how the drug dealers burned the plane and fled in order to avoid being caught by the federal police. For this project, the artist asked a local trio (folk band) to perform the song, while a plane -similar to the original one- made a couple of attempts to land on the barely visible landing strip where some pieces of metal and other remains from the original aircraft, still lie around.
Edgardo Aragon @ Art | 43 | Basel