Oswaldo Terreros talks about his workSaturday, February 9, 2019
My name is Oswaldo Terreros Herrera, Permanent President of the Movimiento GRSB (Gráfica Revolucionaria para Simpatizantes Burgueses) and I’m going to talk about my work Untitled/Indígena.
This work was made in 2010, a few months after the birth of the Movimiento GRSB. This work is part of the incipient process of building symbolic capital for the Movement, relying on typographic resources, the use of chromatics, the management of scale, analog reproduction and the exercise of appropriating images that circulate in the universe of the internet. My interest in analog reproduction corresponds to the recognition of the naive gesture of using an image reproduced in an artisanal manner to confront the entire advertising structure of giant billboards, light boxes, street-level advertising and the whole communication platform in the public sphere. With regard to the exercise of appropriation, the image comes from the internet and is attributed to the Partido Comunista del Perú, Sendero Luminoso. After I downloaded the image and decontextualized it, I added to it the iconography of the Movimiento GRSB.
In this case I went back to Otovalan weaving as a technique to reproduce the image because I was interested in commissioning production from people within the communities represented in the images, as a party-driven act, on the same level as the discourses of reclaiming identity and national sovereignty coming from the government and thus present in its vision of culture.
I began my search for the textile producer within the circuits of the folklore markets, starting with the Mercado Artesanal in Guayaquil and then going to the Mercado Artesanal in Quito and winding up in the city of Otavalo, in the Plaza de los Ponchos, a place where there was little interest on the part of the artisans in making another design, because of the nature of their scale and limited production runs. What’s more, I don’t know the textile producer; the artisan who accepted the commission then had someone else do it.
Woven wool fabric
300 x 185 cm (118 1/8 x 72 7/8 in.)
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