Two projects developed during an art residence period in Bolivia in 2010.
St. Cruz de la Sierra is a city in the south of Bolivia characterized by a mixture of occidental influences and indigenous tradition. In such encounter of cultures, identity can be jeopardized and nationality can become a point of rivalry.
The word that traduces “belong” is translated into eight of the languages spoken in St. Cruz, excluding Spanish, the official language of Bolivia. Words become symbols, which become graphics, which become universally legible.
The residential houses of St. Cruz de la Sierra have enormous, exuberant gardens of many kinds. The arbitrary transposal of the garden with a domestic space of a house, leads to the possibility of observing these two landscapes as two fictional and manufactured contexts.
*Thanks to KIOSKO Gallery, Residencias en Red de Iberoamérica, Trata de Artistas and La Agencia.
**Photographies by Jorge Arias