This illustration revolves around the concept of memory and the consequences of the Spanish Colonization in South America. The "strings... Read More
This illustration revolves around the concept of memory and the consequences of the Spanish Colonization in South America. The "strings and knots" in the illustration represent a Quipu, an instrument from the Inca Empire that used knots to keep stories, songs, knowledge and data. It was recently discovered that they were also used as letters (correspondence). In the present days, people don't know how to read these knots. I'm from south america, as well as most of the people I know, and some people don't even know what a quipu is. In this illustration I wanted to represent the contrast of a quipu nobody understands (or even knows it can be read) versus how easy it is to read latin letters, even if they are ordered in a messy way. The letters in the image spell "memoria" a spanish word that in english means "memory." This art is meant as a self-reflection of my culture. What we have forgotten and what had replaced it.Information about Quipus: “In some stories it is said that the quipus would have also served to record stories, songs, poems or genealogies, turning this artifact into a complete writing system. For this function, the different colors added in the yarn of the strings, seem to have provided a more complex coding system that is not yet possible to understand, especially because of the effort made by the Incas to hide this strategic information storage system from the Spanish invaders. ”
"The Spanish chroniclers noted that the Inca runners carried khipus as letters, and the evidence suggests that the Incas composed khipu letters to guarantee the secrecy of the information during the rebellions against the Spanish."