from: 14. 7. 2017
to: 10. 9. 2017
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Object is not barrier-free.
“People living close to the border see individuals, while people living farther away are only aware of a general problem and do not see the individuals.”
Celeste Capine Hill (born 1986) comes from southern Texas, a region immediately on the USA-Mexican border. It is a region full of local culture and history, for it is an area that throughout history has been inhabited by various Central or North American native peoples. It is also the only place in the world where a so-called “First World” country borders a country of the “Third World.” For many decades, the resulting differences in living standards have generated massive levels of migration. Hill’s family home lies close to the paths that many immigrants follow on their way across the desert to the USA.
Killed by the Light explores and combines two levels of space-time associated with this landscape. On the one hand, she refers to the ancient Aztec myth regarding the origin of two of the highest peaks in Mexico: The story of the heroic warrior Popocatépetl and the princess Iztaccíhuatl, the Romeo and Juliet of Aztec mythology, whose bodies were transformed for all eternity into two mountains that form the dividing line between continents and civilizations. On the other hand, the installation works with the real experience of encountering migrants passing through the desert, including the many traces they leave behind. “The thought of imagining the migrants’ bodies as part of the landscape began to form while viewing found objects, especially when uncovering hidden trash pockets. It’s as though the migrants, as they leave behind these objects on their trek through this terrain, are perhaps also leaving behind their dreams inside the empty containers,” says Hill.