Masks with wolf shapes or a child with an aged face are some of the imaginary with which the population of Cuenca relate to power. These representations arose after Mexican artist Érick Beltrán, in collaboration with the theater group of the Salesian Polytechnic UniversityI did a research with people about how they design power.
The outcome of this process has become performative action which was implemented last Friday, November 23 in the morning in the Plaza de las Flores, where by means of procession these masks and some legends like "The judge knows no proportions" They traveled through the streets of Cuenca.
"There is a kind of return to a more factual power, with many totalitarian illusions, of a conservatism in all its characters. It is important to review this. Here in Cuenca I was surprised by the result, it happened that the mask was the representation of another mask. The old man with the face of a child is someone who is hiding. The power does not stop having several sediments ", said Beltrán after being recognized with one of the three symbolic awards who delivered the XIV Biennial of Cuenca, who this Saturday, November 24, opened the doors of his 25 locations to present the work of 53 artists.
Carlos Martiel presented the performance & # 39; People of color & # 39; in several points of the city. Jenny Jaramillo registered. Photo: Fernando Machado / El Telégrafo
The juries this meeting consisting of Inma Prieto (Spain) Eva González-Sancho (Spain) and Ramón Castillo (Chile) announced the winners in the Pumapungo Theater, which is one of the biggest venues of the event.
O Julián Matadero Award went to Érick Beltránwhile the Guaraguao Award he received Julien Bismuth (France-United States), who during the last weeks intervened in the city of Cuenca with texts written on paper and pasted on public walls, as if they were poetic instructions. It's him Piedra de Sal Award Went to the portuguese Ana Guedes
All these recognitions they were symbolic, without economic retribution and the winners received a sculpture of Eduardo Vega.
Érick Beltrán (Mexico), Ana Guedes (Portugal) and Juliana Vidal (Ecuador) were some of the recognized artists. Photo: Fernando Machado / El Telégrafo
The Paris Prize, which consists of a artistic residence in the French capital for three months for an Ecuadorian artist under 40, went to one of the younger artists of the Biennale, Cuenca Juliana Vidal.
This creator wins with the job "Geographies of mortality", which is exposed in the Museum of Concepts. In an absolutely white and elegant little room, the artist left plaster walls the remains of his scars and other people, made of mold of plaster. The room becomes a container of his memory and an extension of the traces left by the bodies, some that are always revealed vulnerable.
The juries, in addition, highlighted the work of Manuela Ribadeneira (Ecuador-England), Ismael Randall (Peru-United States) and Adrián Balseca (Ecuador) and created another symbolic prize to the freedom of expression, which was granted to Santiago Reyes (Ecuador-France) who literally gave his body to the city in different actions during this week of interventions.
In the event also a tribute was paid the artist, curator and cultural manager, Eudoxia Starwho was the founder gives Cuenca Biennial. "Thank you very much.I'm already at the end of my life, but these applause will revive me a little. big fraternal hug it is a incentive to promote peace among men of good will. I would like to believe that through art we can achieve this much desired peace in the world, "said Eudoxia, who later received a sculpture by Lorena Serrano.
In the opening tribute was presented to the artist and cultural manager Eudoxia Estrella, founder of the Biennial. Photo: Fernando Machado / El Telégrafo
The Cuenca Biennial will be open until Sunday, February 3 next year and shall be accompanied by Six parallel samples. Besides the official activities of the Biennial, there were articulated independent exhibitions created by various spaces of the country.
The sample "Naw" is an exhibition in which several galleries of Quito and Guayaquil (No place, Khora, More art, Nomadic art project and Violent) gathered to showcase some of the artists with whom they work within the contest. (I)
The parallel and collective exhibition The sunset of nature is displayed in the People's Hall. It brings together 16 proposals. Photo: Fernando Machado / El Telégrafo