Un pechiche para Benkos
A "Pechiche" for Benkos
2017
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In his work, Colombian artist Marcos Ávila Forero investigates contemporary neo-imperialism. For the video Un pechiche para Benkos, he commissioned a handmade pechiche, a drum with which slave communities sent encrypted messages, and asked Congolese musicologist Émile Biayenda to tell a story, which concerns the journey of two migrants, using these ancient codes. The sound of the percussive drum creates a hypnotic effect that combines the experiences of the migrants, one a historical figure and the other a modern migrant. They are identified as Camara Mwa Abdallaye, who tries to cross the contemporary Mediterranean hidden in a "cayuco", and Benkos Biohó, a slave and leader of the first movement of Colombian emancipation, who died in 1622. Although they correspond to two different historical moments, the parallels show that the current migration phenomenon repeats and reproduces the experiences of past centuries. For both characters, hidden in the hull of the ship, the sound of the waves turns the boat into a resonant box.

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original title
Un pechiche para Benkos
year of acquisition
2017
type of object
Audiovisual recording
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
registration number
R.5629
date
2017
fonds
Col·lecció MACBA. Fundació MACBA
media
Single-channel video, colour, sound, 5 min 29 s
Copyright
© Marcos Ávila-Forero
original title
Un pechiche para Benkos
registration number
R.5629
date
2017
year of acquisition
2017
fonds
Col·lecció MACBA. Fundació MACBA
type of object
Audiovisual recording
media
Single-channel video, colour, sound, 5 min 29 s
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Copyright
© Marcos Ávila-Forero
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