Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, Promised Lands, 2015–18, video, color, sound, 20 minutes. From “El sauce ve de cabeza la imagen de la garza” (The Willow Sees the Heron’s Image Upside Down).

Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, Promised Lands, 2015–18, video, color, sound, 20 minutes. From “El sauce ve de cabeza la imagen de la garza” (The Willow Sees the Heron’s Image Upside Down).

“El sauce ve de cabeza la imagen de la garza”

TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes

“Utopias, which incidentally are a European invention, are almost invariably settler colonies. Achieving utopia involves going to a place where other people already live and displacing them,” says Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa in her video Promised Lands, 2015–18. She is one of the twenty-eight artists included in “El sauce ve de cabeza la imagen de la garza” (The Willow Sees the Heron’s Image Upside Down), curated by Catalina Lozano. (The show’s poetic title is taken from a haiku by Bashō by way of Chris Marker’s 1983 film Sans Soleil.)

In Isla, 2009, a video by Gilda Mantilla and Raimond Chaves, the silhouette of an island gradually materializes and blurs on a foggy horizon. Islands have been the emblematic mental geography of utopias since the time of Thomas More; the one featured here might allude to the local Canarian legend of the island of San Borondón that materializes in the “real” world

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