Osías Yanov and Lulo Demarco
Mar de Sal, 2019
Mobile Video Installation on water
This commission is a prequel to the exhibition Coreografías de Sal. Beginning with the discovery of a sea made from salt tears. The tears become salt crystals, and the crystals dissolve to become the sea from which a hybrid creature arises. Emerging onto screen, this fantastic mythical mermaid wears spoon-like prosthesis that function as spectacles.
The film recognizes the paradox of salt — to heal and to poison. It sets salt as a great detoxifier, neutralizer of energy, cleanser of spirit, seasoning for life. In the New Testament, Jesus tells his followers, “Ye are the salt of the Earth” — which in contemporary parlance has come to imply fundamental goodness. Salt in the old testament was a sacrifice and a symbol of our covenant with God. The cyclical transformation from salt crystal to tears reminds us of our primordial genealogy ancestry.
Osías Yanov is a multidisciplinary artist, whose projects include performances, events, installations, drawings, sculptures, and videos. Their work intertwines rituals, nocturnal parties, gender theories, esoteric philosophies, symmetrical contacts between technology and nature, and the erotic as a transforming force. From 2001 to 2010, they were actively involved in the experimental artist collective Rosa Chancho. In 2015, they produced a large solo project for MALBA, Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, which consisted of a performance involving a dozen dancers and a large sculpture that interacted with the museum’s architecture. In 2016, they worked with curators Manuela Moscoso and Pablo Lafuente on a performance and exhibition at Casa del Alabado, a pre-Columbian collection in Quito, Ecuador. In 2017, they participated in the Gwanju Biennial, Korea. They were awarded the Gasworks Residency in London in 2018.
Osías Yanov was born in 1983. He lives and works in Buenos Aires.
Lulo Demarco is a multidisciplinary artist who works with video, food, looks and anything that can be edited. They are interested in the social ramifications of the use of internet, the party scene and cyborgs. With a strong queer perspective, their work explores real and imagined systems and ways of being inserting into the world. In 2014 they started the art collective BásicaTV along with Emilio Bianchic y Guzmán Paz.
Lulo Demarco was born in 1991. They live and work in Uruguay.