Tropical Depression is based on Edgardo Aragón’s work with two, young, dissimilar neighbors: Abraham, a biologist/barista from the state of Guerrero; and Joel, a former soldier who runs a sound system that plays Colombian music. The artist facilitated a situation where these neighbors could carry out the complete process of sowing, cultivating, harvesting, and preparing coffee, a plant that becomes the central character and subject for the artist who orchestrated a complex mise-en-scène.
Recalling the rites performed on Colombian plantations, Joel scored the moment of planting with cumbias and danced for the plants. In other moments, a group of musicians from the neighborhood improvised an experimental concert modeled on the Aztec death whistle, and multiple strobe lights panned over the plant before it was harvested. In this way, a very particular performance that used multiple strategies to feed the energy and growth of the plant was carried out..
In this work, coffee brings together and links the two young people, who, despite not knowing each other or having parallel life stories, share a familiarity with violent situations related to drug trafficking and militarization, whether for the call to war against drugs during Felipe Calderón’s six-year presidential term, or by the persecution of guerrilla groups beginning in the 1970s in the state of Guerrero. Both young men had constructed fictions that allowed them to cope with an environment of latent, present, and constant violence whose reality directly or indirectly involves and affects us all.
Curators: Osvaldo Sánchez and Josefa Ortega
Final Project: Video installation/2-channel projection/Length 23'
Production coordination: Sergio Olivares
Illumination, photographym edition and color correction: Edgardo Aragón
Live sound: Isabel Muñoz y Axel Muñoz
Sound editing: Demián Lara
Music: Barush Fernández, Israel Rosales, Diego Sánchez y Adriana Santiago
Production assistants: Mariano Arribas y Alfredo Mora
Coparticipants: Abraham Bello y Joel García y una banda musical conformada por Barush Fernández, Israel Rosales, Diego Sánchez y Adriana Santiago
Interlocutors: Ale de la Puente, Fernanda Mejía y David Miranda.
The exhibition Mobilizing affections: Co-participation and local insertion, three artistic projects, Edgardo Aragón, CADU, Rafiki Sánchez made in the Amparo Museum was made possible thanks to the support of the Buenaventura Foundation through National Visual Arts Production carried out with fiscal stimulus from the Article 190 of the LISR (EFIARTES).