SAINT-LOUP / DEC 2020-JAN 2021

AFTERGLOW

Afterglow is the glow that remains after a light has been gone.

 

The starting point of the installation is a re-interpretation of the diorama, an optical machine invented by Louis Daguerre in 1803 which was used to create animated scenarios through lighting effects.

Afterglow is based on a series of video portraits created with members of the Korebaju indigenous community. Each participant remained motionless in front of the camera for three minutes, while the jungle environment continued slightly in motion : sometimes we can hear a dog barking, children's voices, birds or the sound of a drifting boat.

In this immersive installation, Cuspoca creates a ritual space using elements of the local environment: the sand floors, stakes and ropes are arranged in a precarious balance to evoke the simplicity of the life in the Amazon Rainforest, as well an Acrylic glass is hanging from the roof in the centre and appear as a totem. The video portraits are projected through the glass and are reflected on the wall. Cuspoca pours liquid latex on the glass, this gesture activates the installation and the images of the Korebaju appear in the center of the space.

The latex refers to The Amazon Rubber Boom, which was an important period of rubber's exploitation in the Amazon Rainforest and caused massacres, death of thousands of people and forced human displacements, including the Korebaju's ancestors.

 

AFTERGLOW

DEC 2020 - JAN 2021

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