Red feet : Declaration of Existence
This project is a multimedia work, which started from an earlier project, Oxytocin, in London, and developed through different art residencies in different places in Colombia.
The first focus was a series of pictures that were taken of a group of indigenous children from the tribe of Wounaan who live on the edge / border of the city of Bogota in Colombia in the last barrio called Barrio Arabia, which is part of a Zona Roja (red zone).
The artist quickly painted their feet red and took a picture of them looking up, to the heaven. The seminal idea is that they, the indigenous people have a strong spiritual connection between the earth and the heaven, a connection that we have lost in the western society. Yet they are victims of 40 or more years of war and violence that nearly extinguish them and the hope for the young generation is to have a different future.
It is also a declaration of Existence, of the indigenous children and their condition, and of myself as an artist. That’s why the work evolved in a street art series of urban interventions. This journey changed my approach to art from a passive approach of a photographer who in a way exploit the environment of interest without changing anything, to a necessity of presence, a declaration of existence of myself as an artist and the topics I talk about, the minority reports.
It is the artist’s view that the themes explored and represent here are universal themes and dynamics at the core of exploitation which then the weakest members of society then must carry psychologically, socially, politically and spiritually.
For the past 3 years I have been travelling and working around Latin America and Mexico with personal projects
or as part of art residencies. Currently my work is a mix of inspiration from reportage photography and film, to mix media
Now I see my work as a kaleidoscope of what I am , what I was and I will be.
My work is inspired by a sense of intensity and wants to capture the audience and leads it to a point of not return
through a shamanic ritual dance of mixed feelings of violence and allure.
Every creation starts from my personal life as a metaphor for universal matters such as : Life, death, love, femininity
and transformation. Using close friends and unusual models in my work, I unite and sublime us all to the state of icons.
This journey of exploration led me more and more to work with the “minority Report” - with uncommon people, forgotten
areas of the city, different kinds of beauty - as a manifest of Existence, not rebellion, not Resistance - just a declaration
of presence, of me as the artist and the subjects I work with.
link to the book project : http://www.mayaart.co.uk/index.php?/albums/ad-gloriam-a-declaration-of-existence/
website : http://www.mayaart.co.uk