One Dinner, Ten Apostles

One Dinner, Ten Apostles
Fecha de publicación: 
13 June 2022
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Belkis Ayón boldly and respectfully glimpsed the unknown landscape of the Abakuá rite. It was (is) a landscape forbidden to women, but she managed to deliver one of the most beautiful artistic recreations of a religious body that is particularly elusive to the uninitiated. There’s no propagandistic vocation in her pieces. There’s no documentary intention. She looked at the man, at the human being in his essential attachment to beliefs. Those myths must have been a mysterious possibility for Belkis. And she specified a scope for that possibility.

It's assumed that in this colography the artist evoked the final meal of the Abakuá initiation rite. But it could also be assumed as an appropriation of other universal references. There’s no central figure, nor are there twelve apostles... and yet here too is the spirit of the famous Christian dinner.

There are constants in the evolution of man, ceremonies that weave together eras and cultures. Sitting at the table, sharing a meal, can be acts of peculiar symbolism. And art (artists) illuminates the convergences.

Translated by Amilkal Labañino / CubaSí Translation Staff

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