El Imbunche

Museum of Contemporary Art, MAC, Santiago, Chile

Within the framework of the First Encuentro de Performance, in the context of the sample Anamorfosis, MAC, 1998

I use newspaper paper, which I extend geometrically on the floor of the central hall of the MAC, then I dismantle everything and put the remains in the holes of my body: my ears, my nose, my mouth, my sex until they are completely sealed. A parallel with the mythological being the Imbunche.

The Imbunche is a figure that is part of the mythology of the Mapuche people. The Imbunche is a being that is enclosed in itself, that has lost its will, its sense organs are sealed, in this way it was dominated by the Kalkus: sorcerers of black magic.
I'm transforming this myth, choosing an unprecedented language, place and action.

Seen from the current perspective the Imbunche is an archetype: the dominated. I chose it because it extraordinarily visualizes what happens with the current human being. That is, a being that is dominated by means of an avalanche of distorted information; that alienates it, that makes it part of the masses. I have chosen the dark, the unconscious material in this phenomenon.
The information exposed here as power. An important factor is the historical context in which I lived, a dictatorial state where the underlying ideal is the maximum domination and control.

The Imbunche: Mapuche mythological figure, animal-men, disciples of the Kalkus, because before they lost their will. They sealed all their sense organs, communication with the world
Kalkus: Sorcerers of black magic, belonged to the Third World, which links the earth with clouds, to move them away from the four heavens they were able to separate the head from the body, they handled the forces of evil without being destroyed by them.
Third World: There is no geometry, but chaos, there only inhabits the legion of evil spirits: the Huekufes, those who act from outside.
Excerpts from the book: The Cold and Sacred Jungle, by Miguel Laborde
Inspired also by the reading of the book The obscene bird of the night, by José Donoso
Photo-Documentation: Rodrigo Orozco
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