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The Resistance is a representation of Venezuela’s ongoing protests for human rights. This artwork strengthened my connection to the country that I called home since I was born; but has now become uninhabitable due to the increasing corruption that does not let Venezuelans breathe with peace on the streets. My art joins the fight to set my country free. In collaboration with location photographer Juan Pablo Arraez.
Exhibited at Blueprint Graduate Exhibition at the Pinnacles Gallery. 7th October – 29 October.
Five images have been selected from photographer and friend Juan Pablo Arraez, currently at Venezuela’s riots. They were chosen by their composition, hence personal message is best delivered by photography placement.
Venezuela is suffering a political, economic and social crisis. The citizens are exhausted from not providing food at home, not getting better from diseases, and not being able to cope with an extreme inflation. They have constantly been protesting in the streets for their own rights, but the government did not accept this: the national guards and police bodies have been ordered to repress the protestors by all their force; killing more than a hundred people since the protests of the sixth of April of this year.
This composition expresses Venezuela’s situation. Five images were illustrated and digitalised to match their original photograph; these elements represent the fight. The flag is always risen and this one specifically has been damaged. The three males between tear gas bombs are fighting back from the repression. At the bottom, the bravest Venezuelans hold their shields made from cardboard, street lights, or anything they can find, to protect the march for freedom behind them from the tear gas and shots thrown by the national guards.
These images connect in the composition by adding significant elements. A calming balance was created when I illustrated El Avila National Park and The Angel Falls; the first one representing the capital Caracas and the falls highlight the world’s longest water drop. The lady at the top right corner is the lady in the packaging of our Venezuelan corn flour; this flour is often essential to breakfast survival for many citizens. I believe there is no Venezuelan that does not recognise her face. She represents the electiveness that Venezuela possesses in their culture, and most importantly, the war for food.
The kinetic elements in the composition are inspired by Carlos Cruz Diez, the master of colour and line; my favourite elements to work with. The green, orange and blue are the typical colours utilised in Cruz’s works; and these are represented in the composition by giving a sense of vibration in the battle.
Lastly, the eyes. Neomar Lander’s eyes are illustrated between El Avila, represented as his cloth around mouth to protect himself from tear gas. He was killed in a protest, being only 17 years old. The media realised that they had lots of photos of him, and became another Resistance Hero. The current political campaign used ex-president’s Chavez eyes; and now Venezuelan’s are trying to change they way the country is looked, by using Neomar’s eyes.