/ Earth Beings      

/Project developed in collaboration with Joao Rolaça./

/Exhibition at Monasterio de Tibaes in the frame of Index Media Art. Biennial of Art and Technology. Braga 12-22 May 2022/

/Earth Beings. Monasterio de Tibaes, Braga, 2022./

In the lands of the Atacama, among the largest lithium fields on earth, the soils of the drained valleys sweat with minerals. In the sharp light of southern suns,
the crystals shine.
We saw the traces of a recent flood, of an unexpected rain, that, washing down the mountains, invaded the desert with a thick river of mud.
From the sky down to the sacred peaks -Huacas-, descending salty hills, the flow infused the entire landscape, unveiling distant worlds before our eyes. Hidden among the now dried muds, remains of ancient funerary pots -Huacos- appeared, also carried by the flood.
Sometimes only after such disruptive events do humans remember that they are one with nature. Only when the uprooted limbs of the earth mingle with the sacred relics of the peoples who inhabit it, can they see their fragile interconnectedness: they are both Huacas and Huacos, or, as Marisol de la Cadena says, Earth Beings.

/Earth Being #01 being Earth. Monasterio de Tibaes, Braga, 2022./

/Aguas Calientes Salt Flat. Atacama Desert, Chile , 2020./



hua·ca |
variants: or guaca
plural -s

An ancient Andean sacred object:

a: god, spirit.

b: any object (as a mountain, animal, shrine, or artefact) inhabited by a god or spirit; fetish.

c: a pre-Columbian ruin (as a tomb or burial mound).

In Quechua, a Native American language of South America, a Huaca is an object that represents something revered, typically a monument of some kind. The term huaca can refer to natural locations, such as immense rocks. Some huacas have been associated with veneration and ritual./


hua·co |
variants: or guaco
plural -s

A pre-Colombian relic:

a: pottery, especially that found in a huaca or sepulchre.

b: cleft made in the earth with a plough.

Huaco or Guaco is the generic name given mostly to earthen vessels and other finely made pottery artworks by the native peoples of the Americas found in pre-Columbian sites such as burial locations, sanctuaries, temples and other ancient ruins. Huacos are not mere earthenware but notable pottery specimens linked to ceremonial, religious, artistic or aesthetic uses in central Andean, pre-Columbian civilisations./

/Earth Being #01. Foto: Josefa Searle./

/Earth Being #02. Foto: Josefa Searle./

/Earth Being #01 beig Earth. Monasterio de Tibaes, Braga, 2022. Fotos: Adriano Ferreira./