Installation: La Memoria es un Pájaro / Memory is a Bird

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Installation by Francisco EME

Reflecting on family recollections, this multimedia poem explores the idea of demise and remembrance by the graphic of birds.

La Memoria es un Pájaro, which interprets to “Memory is a Bird” in English, is a web-site-unique artwork set up consisting of a few ink stamp drawings mounted on wooden panels suspended from the ceiling. The visuals depicted on the panels (two birds and a hollow circle) are fashioned from text stamped by an old typewriter. This is a continuation of EME’s immersive art installation that opened at Greatest Apply in 2022. 

Volar En Circulos (Element)

After his mom handed in 2019, the artist commenced reflecting on family memories, questioning his own existence, his creative follow, and the character of death. In the middle of that mourning, though going to his family members dwelling, he identified a photograph of his grandmother, mom, and two siblings in the Sierra de Chicahuaxtla, Oaxaca taken in 1974. Scarcely obvious owing to the mist, this ghostly image supplied a flashback, and in seconds all these recollections came flying again, like birds.

This set up, as a multimedia poem, expresses the artist’s lamentations, with the cyclical phases of grief arriving a lot like waves of birds. Just about every piece is stamped with terms like la memoria (memory), niebla (mist), or ojos (eyes). 1 panel only makes use of the phrase volar en circulos (flying in circles). These words and phrases form the literary foundation of the poem whilst their styles depict EME’s motifs of mourning. On the other hand, the biggest piece, titled Phoenix, hints at hope arising from this kind of a distressing practical experience.

About the Artist

Francisco EME (b. 1981) is a new music composer, artist, and curator originally from Mexico City and Oaxaca, Mexico. He at the moment life and is effective in San Diego, California. As an artist, EME generally performs with seem, but several disciplines are built-in into his observe these kinds of as pictures, online video, and installation. His multimedia get the job done has been offered in museums, galleries, and live performance halls internationally, and he has released new music albums as both of those a soloist and a collaborator in several genres. EME is the Arts and Lifestyle Director at The Front Arte & Cultura, a binational artwork place for the San Diego, US – Tijuana, Mexico border area, in which he curates artwork exhibitions, workshops, concerts, and performances.

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