La Huevera

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la Huevera - ceramica 10 x 20 x 8 cm cada uno
la Huevera - ceramic 10 x 20 x 8 cm each

La Huevera

Castel uses controversial historical facts as a baseline for his productions. In that sense he sees himself as an activist, simple reminder of what an artist should denounce. La Huevera is no exception, behind the every day deciptfull purpose of the objects lies one of the deepest scarification in argentinian history. The "huevera" (egg incubation chamber) was the nickname of the torture chamber in the ESMA (Escueala Superior de Mecanica Armada) where the Videla regime would torture prisoners. The eggshells were used as soundproofing to prevent screams to be heard from outside. In the Desaparecidos Castel makes them faint, either from memory recollecion or as a scream that vanishes and that no one hears.

In those days, we lived like we could vanish at any time, we were all dead scared. The imagery of the regime was imaginative: "los vuelos de la muerte" and the "death squad" These were the times we lived in. One would walk and a minute later you could disappear. The artist posture was uncertain, it was hard to focus and invent. Nothing came out, nothing new.