Matadero Madrid center for contemporary creation


In silence
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Matadero Madrid
Nave 16
Sandra Cinto presents mesmerizing and immersive images of the sea and other natural elements that function as visual metaphors of the Odyssey of life.

In Silence is a site-specific installation that is integrated into the imposing architecture of Matadero. Sandra Cinto's idea is an imaginary landscape that is intimate and convincing, although it is made from what is fragile. It is a landscape of impossibility, of an idea that attempts to take proper shape although it never manages to achieve it. Whereas, on the one hand it demands the silence of a society invaded by noise, on the other hand, that silenced, individual attempt becomes large, clear and collective. The experience is physical, but above all, psychic, mental.

A table is a starting point, the place where creation begins, where projects and people take shelter and nourish themselves. In this case, the artist draws on it, as well as on a series of musical scores that get crumpled and piled up, like someone who is trying to compose a harmony but is never satisfied with it, and ends up drawing a mountain of paper. On the other hand, a double-bass - serene, silent, sensual. Human presence is evoked by its absence. If a few years ago, Sandra Cinto positioned a series of books on tables as a way of making a metaphor about social and cultural inequality, today it is musical instruments that are incapable of making the sounds they are supposed to, that shows the difficulties of creating and making sense of dreams. The shapes of the instruments and the musical scores - sensual, voluptuous and acquired through the body - transmit silent sounds through what is symbolic, from the silence written in demanding poetic code, at a time of social difficulty.

When we enter the hall, we see that it is the representation of an intimate and closed workspace or office, although it is undefined, infinite. The delicacy of the drawing, of the silenced and impossible musicality, contrasts with the spatial rotundity like resistance as an oppressed search for the freedom of building, of demonstration. In this regard, the decision itself of always drawing in these facilities, must be seen as an act of political resistance, a poetic act that becomes political as attitude, as regards a challenge or dream. Once more it is the utopia, the desire for hope; the scribbled scores, like her books, are like bridges between generations, like opportunities, like knowledge or inspiration for changing the world.

Silence is here, therefore, a kind of precipice, of suspension. In Silence makes time stop like when we stand before an old photograph. Time turns into eternity and noise into silence, like a Foucauldian heterotopia. Like when music doesn't play, the creation is a dead-end street, just like when there is a stairway that leads nowhere or when books cannot be opened. Silence is desire here, but above all it is memory emphasised by a strong light that acts like a metaphor for knowledge - fragile and intense.

Organiza/Promueve: Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Canarias y Matadero Madrid
Colaboran: Embajada de Brasil en España 
Artistic team and specifications
David Barro