‘Geometría del centro’ (Geometry of the Centre), 2020 Christian Salablanca Díaz

Geometría del centro (Geometry of the Centre), 2020, came about as part of Movimientos, FLORA ars+natura’s residency programme. The work comprises a video and a suite of objects and drawings. Made from charcoal, the objects are like tools for making abstract drawings, possible mappings of two places joined by a way of thinking.

Starting out with Ciudad Perdida, located in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia, the project interrelates its architecture and layout with that of another archaeological site, the Guayabo Monument in Costa Rica. The connection is forged through an observation system based on their geometry which generates a series of images of sculptures that function symbolically as tools for geographical location and orientation.

The designs are predicated on basic shapes such as the circle and the cone frequently used in the constructions, houses, temples and terraces in these sacred sites. These visual elements are also included in the myths and legends that explain the origin of the universe in the world views of the communities that inhabited and continue to inhabit these places.

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27/10 2020
Christian Salablanca Díaz
Geometría del centro, 2020
Single-channel video, color, sound
9 min 37 sec
Camera and Edition Sebastián Mira | Sound Design Daniel Lara Ballesteros | Drawings and charcoal sculptures Christian Salablanca Díaz
Commissioned and produced by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) for st_age in collaboration with FLORA ars + natura
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