Ernesto Salmerón’s Truck of Nicaraguan History | Artist Interview | TateShots

Ernesto Salmerón’s Truck of Nicaraguan History | Artist Interview | TateShots



this is the gas tank two batteries the woody woodpecker's show you should seen it if you haven't and lesson two America is like the whole region come on I'll help you I made a mess Osama dong from Nicaragua I was trained as a filmmaker and photographer I'm here in tape modern because our dose of war is on display it's very strange for me to switch from photography to a whole social sculpture I never thought about it I was just obsessed I was interesting understanding my own society the whole thing started with with a photograph black-and-white photograph of graffiti with a defaced image of Augusto Calderon Sandino he was an icon for a new revolutionary movement in the 70s there is no one way to understand Nicaraguan history there is no one way to think about something know something that you can agree with everybody is that we want to rule ourselves and Sandino is a symbol of someone who resisted photo is just a trace I needed something else something more meaningful the extraction process of the wall is a jump cut taking Sandino away from the context it became this huge heavy and difficult to manage object whose writings here here is a name Mario the fact that it didn't have a face it inspired me to go deeper into the identity of the Nicaraguan people this is not a research that I do reading books only this is a research that I need to confront it was meaningful for me to make a road trip but they kill em appeal I wanted to go deeper into who Santino was to the nickel I want people having like a direct contact with all the people that was talking to us and many people was curious and interest what are you doing with this truck I mean are these still going on what is this wall what are you traveling with Santino just quoting this image triggers many memories for many people you have family you have friends who died with this with this idea I decided to use the truck like a caravan like a political Caravan a testimony of conflict it came from Germany to Nicaragua as part of the Solidarity process with the Sandinista revolution when I was a child this was a dream you wanted to go inside of this truck because it was huge it was beautiful and it was strange this is kind of a toy that you want to play with but it's dangerous toy this was used to transport soldiers to the fire front and maybe if you came in the truck you will never come back for me this research wouldn't be real if you don't have both sides of the conflict if I wanted to explain this conflict I needed two war veterans and the art project brought them together as friends now they were working together it's like a mirror you know it's like a social mirror all my life I was making work that I never realized it was art for me was just research on history understanding my own Society I am not giving the answers I am just asking you

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