Maps of Silence is a multimedia installation by Rafael Landea in collaboration with Gregory T. Kuhn. This project explores two different historical moments where the concept of silence took on social and political dimensions.
Buenos Aires 1975 / El Silencio es Salud (Silence is Health)
Nueva York 1986 / Silence = Death
The government of 1975 Argentina unveils a slogan with the intent to silence political expression. 1986 New York becomes an epicenter for people to denounce U.S. government silence about the deadly AIDS epidemic.
Time and time again, the imposition of silence will ultimately be challenged. Based on the principles of John Cage’s 4’33” piece, this installation fuses and transforms the voices of the people affected by both events into an expression of strength and resistance.
The installation includes gouache, ink and graphite drawings on wood and paper, and 4'33" video performances recorded by 20 artists in 10 different countries.
“Maps of Silence” was funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission as a winner of Individual Artist Grant in 2012. It was presented for the first time in 2013 in the “Exploratorium Museum of Art, Science, and Human Perception” in San Francisco, California, USA and in the “Museum of Art and Memory”, Department of Human Rights, La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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