La Magdalena

 

 

La Magdalena, consists of a canoe (bought by the artist from a local fisherman) with a video arranged atop it. The canoe had already been withdrawn from use, as the pollution of the river and the deforestation of its banks have considerably diminished finishing -this community´s traditional sustenance. Candiani has the canoe cut in two and arranges both parts in a situation of impasse. The video is a tribute to a scene from Werner Herzog´s film Fitzcarraldo (1982). In Candiani´s version, the canoe sails the Magdalena River with a gramaphone, playing the Blue Danube; the boat, the device, the music, and even the river itself are all, in her anachronistic manifesto, symbols of restricted progress.