Project Row House Installation, Houston 2010
Persistence Of Site - Tupac/2pakeko (Gathered Or Linked Data)
Persistence Of Site - Tupac/2pakeko* (Gathered Or Linked Data)
We share in selective oblivion, in dislocations temporal and geographic. We walk landscapes, Manhattan to Montauk, surrounded by place names in hundreds of invisible languages. Officially we are taught histories of conquest, quests for gold and benefits of superior civilizing influences.
Still, in Cusco, thousands of years of history are woven, past into present. On a poncho, Tupac Amaru (the last Inca) stretches, an X between Spanish colonial horsemen, a persisting memory, still worn.
Gather scattered historical threads and re-weave images to remember a present within a living past. Rethink wealth of gold in potatoes, tomatoes, corn, chocolate, vanilla, peppers, peanuts, cassava, sunflowers... over 50% of global foods originating in the Americas. Thousands of years of agriculture to cultivate and nourish knowledge of sustainable wealth.
400 years later and thousands of miles north, in historical symmetry a young man receives the name as an honor and a promise. Tupac reborn, redrawn, remembered.