Aninat and Swinburn
Exhibition Dates I 08/11/2011 to 25/11/2011
Sala Collahausi . Inquique, Chile
For the exhibition, the artists present a complex exhibition that will bring together various media: photography, text, sculpture, installation and sound, related to the concept of man’s expulsion from paradise in the beginning of existence and the beginning from that time of the pursuit of happiness and fortune.
Paradise Lost, an epic written by John Milton, is the starting point of reflection set by Aninat & Swinburn. This book is the basis of the concept of what is assembled in the central hall of the exhibition and from where the other four rooms are born and connected, where each refers to each of the four cardinal virtues: Temperance, Prudence, Fortitude and Justice. Each of these rooms, combine, in a very syncretic way, a virtue with a vice creating suggestive artworks on the constant search to find the man’s Paradise Lost.
The issues set out in the works of Aninat & Swinburn, are generated from the intersection between the sacred and popular, the practical and real, between humor and sentence. The works on display as syncretic discourse, where meetings occur in different traditions and different doctrines; seek to reconcile and account for a process of transculturation, and miscegenation, where the union of the sacred and the pagan, makes the viewer identify and participate in various meetings and realities. Junctions generated in the exhibited works, mergers taking place and the assimilation of different elements and materials, such as spanish playing cards, wheels of fortune, chocolate coins, the planisphere, inscribed stones, books, texts and pieces of newspaper, have no substantial consistency between them. The symbioses that occur in this works, give rise to a new unique identity, a new interpretation, a new creation, a new object, keeping different cults together.