“ Con-sequencias” by Decertor in Palermo district, Buenos Aires

Working on topics like identity, environment, slavery and migration, Decertor chooses to show the political and social context in order to involve the passers-by and invite them to reflect. He uses the portrait as a medium to led the people identify with the painting, picking characters from the ordinary life obtaining, in this way, a value for each and making common people special.

As a result, when Decertor was invited by El Quetzal cultural centre in Palermo district, Buenos Aires, he created a series of murals that talk about the need to recognize the existence and importance of indigenous communities and also the decline of the consumer society. Particularly, he paints as central figure the face of an indigenous woman from Rumicallpa, a community about half an hour from the city of Castillo de Lamas, in the region of San Martín in the north of Perú. In this village Decertor started a street art project, involving artists from around the world to paint the walls in order to express the identity of the places people inhabit, their roots and traditions. Reflecting on the history of the indigenous people who were displaced from the Andes and then moved to the jungle where they settled as communities growing their own culture and customs, Decertor wants to focus on these rural ethnic groups which are under threat. Over time, these communities have seen their lands more reduced in favour of consumerism development. Consequently, Decertor taking inspiration from the matriarchal society of these ethnic groups, he focalises on the indigenous woman from Rumicallpa to emphasise the important role she plays in education and preservation of the traditions to the new generations. For this reason, on the wall we see a sequence of faces to get to her portrait which occupies all the central space. Working in the courtyard so it is an enclosed space, the artworks need to be read as a succession of scenes, a visual journey that has many points of view. Decertor paints on the background a burst of colours and forms inserting details such as plants, leaves and animals testifying the strong connection of the indigenous people with the nature. The work can be divided in three important parts: a fragmented portrait mixed up with geometrical and colourful lines, a woman face which is flanked by a man floating upside down and the beautiful eyes of an indigenous woman where we see the same floating man reflecting in her eyes. It’s an image full of symbolism and signs that wants to analise the society in which we live, giving voice to marginalised people, using the past as a tool to build the future.

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