• David Zink Yi


    How do you make a salsa song? David Zink Yi reveals the deceptively easy steps behind the music with his new video installation De adentro y afuera (From inside and out), 2002. The Peruvian artist, who is based in Berlin, traveled to Cuba, wrote a set of lyrics, and asked Havana musician Leonardo Varela Poey to compose a salsa song to go with them. Instead of presenting the final composition, Zink Yi shows how the salsa is built up from a clave, or basic rhythm, which first crystallizes in the casual movements of the composer’s body before it is played by a band. Treating the body as an instrument,

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