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, the artist presents close-ups of Varela Poey—hands tapping a wood block, mouth singing the lyrics, and feet dancing steps—in three projections around the gallery. While the sounds fill the space, the work remains fragmented since visitors cannot hear the final orchestrated score nor see the

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