Venice - National Participation


Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà

09 May 201522 Nov 2015

For the four rooms of the Pavilion of Ecuador, the artist Maria Veronica Leon will create a multimedia landscape with her new video audio polyptych installations, incorporating drawings, video, photography, objects, and sound as interrelated visual techniques, that display, as she says, in a “techno-theater” where water element, as a life fountain proclaims a new state of mind. Her videos are concerned with creating new experiences through the relationship between the viewer’s shock versus unusual projections, and with the way the message is mysteriously inscribed after the experience with the unexpected, creating realities that transform the nature of the object to place it in an unfamiliar context providing it a new identity.

Art and Science fuse through dynamic combinations of innovative explorations that materialize into a cutting edge, cautionary vision of the future of Humanity. “Gold Water: Apocalyptic Black Mirrors” is inspired by the state of two of the natural primary sources of wealth in Ecuador and the world: Water and Gold, which are extracted from their original context to be critically re-examined through its history, society, economy and culture in relation to global economic values. Both elements, key to the future of humanity, are life sustaining, physically and economically, yet the paradox is that in order to extract gold water sources are often destroyed. In “Gold Water: Apocalyptic Black Mirrors” the convergence of Art and Science forges an artistic amalgam, a prophetic myth of a future dystopia created by man’s annihilation of nature and his blind obedience to consumerism.

Starting from this perspective, the Ecuadorian artist explores the mnemonic traces of our relationship with water and gold. Her project is built around a strong symbol: the fireplace, which is cube-shaped like in a hyper-utilitarian modern kitchen. The relevance of this realistic structure lays in its universality, thus enabling the artist to create an original work that metaphorically evokes humanity in the process of forgetting itself. This leading-edge kitchen is the receptor of new artistic dimensions that acts as the medium of a future dimensionality. A wall of a series of micro-waves recessed into rails shows the images of a lost paradise recalling the walls of Plato’s Cave.

  • ECUADOR PAVILION “Gold and Water: Apocalyptic Black Mirrors” at Venice Bienal 2015 ECUADOR PAVILION “Gold and Water: Apocalyptic Black Mirrors” at Venice Bienal 2015

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