François Bucher talks about his workSaturday, February 9, 2019
This piece, La raíz de la raíz (Todo pueblo tiene su historia) is a classic example of a re-enactment artwork. In this case, from a 1978 speech by Ernesto Samper Pizano who, later in 1994, was president of Colombia. This speech from ’78 is a very prophetic speech, and in this sense it becomes very interesting when read by the same person after said person has passed though a process similar to that of a Greek hero, more specifically, Oedipus Rex, who consults the oracle, takes actions to prevent the oracle’s truths becoming real in his life, and each of these actions undertaken by Oepdipus bring him toward the fulfillment of that destiny foretold by the oracle. With this, Samper Pizano clearly sees the problem of drugs’ illegality, a dead-end problem that will destroy the social fabric of Colombia, how the political class operates, etc, and then moves on to Mexico, as we know, and he pretends to discuss the topic openly. Then, years later, he is the victim of this trap and he reads the speech in a way that goes beyond, years after his presidency was a disaster thanks to having been one of those who remained smeared with drug trafficking money.
La raíz de la raíz (Todo pueblo tiene su historia)
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