Site specific project / Single-channel video
Mar cerrado, (Mare clausum in Latin) is an art project composed by an object and an action/happening — both referential to the history of the Pacific Ocean. The piece -proposed as a requiem arranged on the sea- commemorates Ecuador’s territorial waters’ environmental damages and catastrophes, caused by the constant exploitation of oil throughout the country’s history (1911-2015).
Mar cerrado questions the symbolical, cultural and political role that monuments in Ecuador play -if the ones built in the past have consolidated the country’s modern values of nation-and-state- and whether the ones built today model the country’s present “Economic Horizon,” which is based on a nonrenewable resource as oil. The project looks to assign a higher level of complexity to Ecuador’s patriotic symbols, as well as to comment on the construction of patriotism around monuments in Ecuador. Making use of the caduceus -a symbol that in Ecuador’s coat of arms can be found standing on the first vapor-ship built in south america- “Mar cerrado” presents a sea-buoy-monument of the same symbol, placed on the exact spot in the ocean where oil was first spilled under jurisdiction of the Ecuadorean government.