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Lost Bell, 2015-2017
bronze bell casted adding bullets and fragments of firearms
35x30x30cm


A proposal for a lost bell that disappeared without a trace at one of the oldest bell towers in Mexico city from a XVI century convent (now Contemporary Art Museum, Museo ExTeresa). For this new bell, a mixture of decorations that have been used in different centuries were inscripted along with the logos and texts found written on the fragments of guns that were melted to cast it.

The resulting sculpture summarizes a contemporary interpretation of a common practice that relates to the construction of a bell, where the metal used for canons was often melted for its construction, and, in times of war, the metal of bells was melted to build cannons (a practice mentioned in historic records of the conquest were it is believed that the first bell after the of Tenochtitlan was casted with the canons of Cortés). This constant cycle and reuse of the material, tangentially shows the connection between the state and clerical power that were involved in the colonization of the now mexican territory since many centuries ago.

Exhibitions:

"Réplicas: Apuntes sobre historia material" (Replicas: notes on material history), Museo ExTeresa, 2017.











Largo Aliento
Uprising, after Ximeno y Planes
Carbon
Pulse Clock
Invisible Structures
Réplica
Concrete Acoustics (Christinenstraße 18-19, 10119 Berlin)
Concrete Acoustics (Calle Dr Mora 7, 06050, Cd. de México)
Those who said our things before us
Notes on material history
Solo, solo, solo con el mar a solas
Lost Paintings
Lost Bell
Lost Sculptures
Negation
The day is past and gone and gone and gone
500 years of Resonance (Mexico city, 1500-2015)
Time Zones (Liwa desert, UAE)
Synchrony (or the gap between two beats)