La niña de sus ojos is based on a Bolivian folk novel of the same name (Antonio Díaz Villamil, La Paz 1948) that formed an important part of the discourse of “mestizaje” (mixed ethnicity) popular amongst the intellectual elites of the period directly preceding the 1952 revolution (a revolution that brought universal suffrage to Bolivia). The mestizaje project sought to abolish the country’s racial and economic split creating a mestizo nation with economic and racial integration but was delivered through a perversely misogynistic lens.
My project focuses on Domi Perales, the main female character of the novel, and the interiors and exteriors of her house (in this piece transported El Alto, a satellite city of Bolivia’s capital located in the highland plateau of the Andes and one of the largest and fastest growing urban centers in the country and South America at large). Using the house as a narrative device, Domi and her house both physically and psychologically manifest the discrepancies in the constructions of her idealized fictional persona, placing the viewer between the unrealistic spaces described in the book and the true urban factory of the city of El Alto.
Video stills from three channel video installation; 4K; ˜20 minutes; color; sound