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TYPE OF WEAPONS SERIES
From the experience of accompanying forensic anthropologists in an Exhumation processes in an indigenous area of Guatemala, I incorporated into my creative process and my thematic interests, the dynamics of working with found objects, picking and cleaning them, classifying and photographing them, placing them in a kind of taxonomy or typology. Sometimes they are objects collected on a migratory route, objects that immigrants leave as a trace of their passage to the north. Other times I work with objects extracted from exhumations as witnesses of human rights violations in armed conflicts. I have also worked with everyday objects collected, objects from mass production that by showing them all together becomes a document that gives information about how we live, consume and who we are. Particularly the piece “Typology of weapons”, makes a clear reference to a violent context, in a country like El Salvador plunged into a climate of postwar, currently caught in the dispute for control of territories between 2 gangs (Maras), and a new army of private security agents. A phenomenon that grew.
WALTERIO IRAHETA (1968)
Lives and works in El Salvador.
He studied Graphic Arts at the Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado of El Salvador, at the Chicago Cultural Center, USA and the School of Visual Arts La Esmeralda, Mexico. He got the first place in the Bienal of Arte Paiz of El Salvador in 2007, an Honorable Mention in the contemporary art of Palma de Mallorca, Spain in 2004 and first place at the Bienal de Arte Contemporáneo del Istmo Centroamericano in 1998, among others.
He participated in the Biennale de Valencia – São Paulo 2008, the Tenth Havana Biennial in 2009, the first Pontevedra Biennale in 2010 and the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011 . At this moment he has more than 35 solo shows and more than 150 group exhibitions.
Currently he is very interested in issues related to human movement, the phenomenon of migration and hybrid cultures. Walterio is interested in the values and traditions mixed between people of different regions.