Four Dimensions of a Monolith
Four Dimensions of a Monolith (2019) exposes the failure of Ecuadorean History to account for femenine rape during the Spanish Conquest.
This failure becomes apparent in a passage from my History textbook, which justifies [sexual] violence as an “attractive” transaction for indigenous women to socially advance. This monolithic narrative omits the complex and often brutal experience of colonization for indigenous women. To make this historic void apparent, the installation offers multiple dimensions of the passage. Sculptural and photographic strategies expand and invert, highlight and redact the text. Every iteration destabilizes the veracity of this narrative.
The installation consists of four components:
- Apparatus & Shadowbooks (two opposing tripods highlighting the passage)
- Corrective Lens of Page 99 (text-based installation that either redacts or reveals the passage, depending on the angle seen)
- Two Sentences, Bent (urethane cast of the passage expanded in space)