2017. Motion sensors and found materials
"Minha terra tem palmeiras onde canta o sabiá. As aves que aqui gorjeiam não gorjeiam como lá."
A generic, vividly colored toy that represents no particular species flies carelessly and quietly while trapped in an artificial sky. When a human crosses its path, it freezes and suddenly begins to sing a song by the Italian composer, Domenico Zipoli, who traveled to the Jesuit Missions in San Ignacio, Argentina to convert the Guarani people to Catholicism. The bird sings this song in the pitch of the Sabiá, the national bird of Brasil. By pulling elements from different regions that are slightly related but still very different, the piece calls to mind the image of a hybrid trinket that plays into the homogenization of Latin American identity and western tourist culture.
Photography by Paula Gaetano-Adi, Video by Alejandro Borsani, Modeled by Margarette Barry