Esquirlas / Splinters (VI)

Carlos Garaicoa
Esquirlas / Splinters (VI), 2019
Digital printing on gesso and aluminum
Work: 60 x 76 x 2.5 cm

Esquirlas/Splinters is a series of photographs sourced from Carlos Garaicoa’s archive, taken during his trip to Angola in 1996. The work proposes an archaeology of the Cuito-Menongue road, which served as a road for transporting military supplies and contributed to keeping an active first line of battle, during the Angolan war. The route along the Cuito-Menongue road consists of fragmentation of abandoned war material exposing the structures and genealogies associated with war together with geopolitics that cause them. Printed on metal, the irregular shapes that seem to fly in the air explore the idea of fragments that comes to us in the form of memory, narrating a story that seems lost in time. A story that always comes back to us in the form of new conflicts and new wars of the present.

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