01. Segundo Teodoro Ruiz portrait, Santa Cruz Island - Galapagos, 2016. / 02. 03. 04. 05. Project for a portrait (The Origin of Introduced Species), video stills, 10’05” (loop), 2016. / 06. Project for a portrait (The Origin of Introduced Species), installation view, LARA - Latin America Roaming Art 2016, CAC, Quito, 2016.
Project for a portrait (The Origin of Introduced Species),
Single channel video / Object
⎌ COMMISSIONED PROJECT
Project for a Portrait (The Origin of Introduced Species) results from a collaboration between the artist and Segundo Teodoro Ruiz, a craftsman originally from the province of Azuay in Ecuador who moved to the Galápagos Islands more than two decades ago.
Balseca commissioned the artisan a self-portrait and filmed the entire process from the felling of a Cedrela Odorata tree, an introduced wood species, to the carving of the trunk into a colossal head. The project investigates about the human presence in the Ecuadorian archipelago and its relation to introduced species, revealing an existing anachronism in the scientific categories of endemic and introduced still in use today.
⎌ This work was commissioned by the Latin America Roaming Art (LARA) 2016 edition, during a residency in Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands, Galapagos, Ecuador. Curated by: Rodolfo Kronfle Chambers.