Bolivia: Sonia Falcone

Latin American Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 24, 2013 10:29PM

The spices installation Campo de color [Colour field] by Sonia Falcone (Bolivia) spreads out like a landscape of sensations and provokes synesthetic perceptions. Sweet blue, fiery red and bitter gold give off a swirl of fragrances; an intense irradiation of all the qualities of matter. Throughout history, spices have motivated marine exploration and trading routes and here inspire the creation of a new landscape. Falcone covered the floor with hundreds of clay pots filled with cocoa, cayenne, chilli, achiote, pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, thyme, mustard, curry, paprika and more – a rich variety of spices to create a minimalist composition in the colour field style. Unlike the smooth, cold surfaces of North American minimalism, Falcone’s visual feast displays reliefs composed of pulverized flavours, as hot as Latin American chilli or as sweet as Oriental cinnamon. While the routes of the spices linked Asia to the ports of Venice in the Middle Ages, Campo de color completes the cartographic picture by drawing in the palette of flavours from the New World. Landscape, banquet, market and altar; these earthbound elements trigger heady sensations and at the same time recall the body’s perishable limitations, the ephemeral nature of sensory pleasure and – ultimately – the fleeting nature of life.

Campo de Color, 2012, Installation. Various pigments and spices, courtesy of the artist, Bienal de Montevideo. Photo by Luis E. Sosa.

Latin American Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
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