» 5:00PM - 8:00PM 15 AUG - 21 AUG
SYDNEY COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
CALLAN PARK, BALMAIN ROAD ROZELLE
DedSpace Gallery and SCASS present 'A Poem, A Ruca and the Mapuche'. The artwork is made up of five individual structures, each narrating its own association to the Mapuches, the largest Indgineous group in Chile..
As their bodies distort with pain and disfigure by the trauma they endure, the stars silently make a stand for the Mapuche people. The Mapuche are the largest indigenous group in Chile and are also the most disadvantaged. They live under the poverty line with little or no education at all. They are discriminated against and unfairly treated. The dispossession of traditional Mapuche land continues to be taken from the Mapuches as they desperately try to regain land rights from one of the most unequal countries in the world, Chile.
These artworks are made from recycled materials as a parallel to the poverty the Mapuches have to cope with. Mapu means land and Che people. The Mapuches are the people from the land.
The Ruca is a romantic way of looking at the world in which the Mapuches live. A Poem, A Ruca and the Mapuches 2012 explores the adversity experienced by the Mapuches.