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Matamoros, 2009  Video, sound. 23" Installation shot by Roberto Marossi.

Matamoros, 2009
Video, sound. 23″
Installation shot by Roberto Marossi.

“Of Love, Pain, and Passioned Revolt (Then Farewell, My Beloved, ’til It’s Freedom Day)” revolves around ideas and forms of resistance, against different possibile problematic states or conditions – political, social, economic or existential.

With Edgardo Aragón, Micol Assaël, Lucas Blalock, Eloise Hawser, Michael E. Smith, Pilvi Takala.

Invited by Alice Conconi and Antonio Scoccimarro

Edgardo Aragón (1985, lives and works in Oaxaca and Mexico City). Edgardo Aragón explores the intersection between the personal and the public, the social and the political. The video Matamoros is based on the reenacting of the journey made by Pedro Vásquez Reyes from Oaxaca to Matamoros when he was trafficking drugs to the United States during the Eighties. The magnificence of the landscape and the personal dreams of the subject contrast with the resignation in the face of a life with little hope. Luz portrays a young man walking uphill, his head covered, guided only by the sunlight which gives him direction and orientation.

[read more at moussemagazine.com]

Luz, 2012 C-print

La Trampa, Edgardo Aragón

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 

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