The absence of human voices plunges us into the loneliness of the abyss, in the hollow of the deep sea, in the indifference of developed societies, in our brooding and anxiety. "There are no words that can navigate the torrent of extreme emotions in which those who have the audacity to jump into the sea as a last resort are immersed" -says the artist.
In his video installations, Briceño makes us uncomfortable and invites us to reflect. Each proposal is accompanied by a written text that allows us to understand through a recent tragedy, the intensity of his message.
The artist -biologist, photographer, visual artist- born in Caracas in 1966, has carried out numerous projects that are linked with native peoples from their ancestral myths and cultures to their most demanding challenges on a planet that turns to indifference in the face of so many tragedies human beings born into religion, skin color, and power groups. In this series titled “The crossing. When the pain is deeper than the ocean”, his gaze focuses on the thousands of victims caused by forced migrations who throw themselves into the sea in the illusion of a possible future.
With the curatorship of the Chilean critic Ernesto Muños, the UCA Pavilion of Fine Arts -adapted to these times of pandemic with a valuable agenda of virtual exhibitions- gives us an exhibition that deserves thousands of visits. You are one click away from facing the limits of your thinking; tt is a good opportunity to get to know each other even more as a society and as individuals: http://uca.edu.ar/es/pabellon-de-bellas-artes/el-cruce
Photographs: Courtesy of the author, Antonio Briceño.