Lamento: The installation

An immersive, multidisciplinary installation exhibiting 3 years of investigation, 300 lbs of cacao, 200 feet of audio cables, 27 speakers, 50 feet of cloth that recount the harvest and political upheavals of cultivating cacao in Venezuela and provides a window into a pressing global issue of food sovereignty and cultural preservation in the Americas.

Victoria Mata in collaboration with award winning Toronto-based visual artist Alexandra Gelis and designer Trevor Schwellnus, the artists explore the living and lost memory of the socio-cultural-historic-political traces of Venezuela’s cacao through the intersections of movement, sound, light and animation. Farmers Interviewed: Carlixta Palacios (Venezuela), Ivan José Lira Fiol (Venezuela), music scores by Jackeline Rago.

This installation was presented at CAMINOS 2017 and generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council.

About CAMINOS festival:
Aluna Theatre in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts presents CAMINOS 2017, a week-long festival of Pan American performing arts & culture on stage October 4 – 8, 2017 at Daniels Spectrum

“CAMINOS is our way of inviting audiences to re-imagine the Americas, or more concretely, to see themselves as part of that re-imagining. In the arts we tend to look at ‘the old continent’ as our reference point, but we, as Canadians, play a key role in the cultural, economic and social vibrancy of our hemisphere,” said Aluna Artistic Director Beatriz Pizano.