The Mexican sculptor Betsabeé Romero inaugurated this Thursday an installation called “The return of the suns” in the Louvre square in Paris, in front of the well-known museum, a message of hope to leave the pandemic behind.
The installation “serves to speak of a new dawn that should be for all cultures,” she explained in an interview with AFP. sculptor known for its use of recycling material, and its fidelity to pre-Hispanic cultures in Mexico.
For “The Return of the Suns” Romero resorted, among other materials, to convex mirrors, usually used for surveillance, and a large truck wheel, adorned with suns of clear pre-Columbian origin.
“If before we could be watched anywhere in the city, now we are watched from our own bodies”, with the exceptional measures around the vaccination and the control of Covid-19, explains Romero, born in Mexico City.
His hope would be that these mirrors, common in shops or public places, one day serve “as the function they had in art, since the seventeenth century, to reflect the image of human beings, not to monitor.”
Romero was contacted by the Parisian authorities after standing out with installations in Tourcoing (“The route of the golden feathers”) and in Lille (“Golden Suns”), both in 2019.
The embroidery, the motifs, the mexican colors They are versioned and serve to cast a critical look on their environment, on migration to the United States, or violence.
His work has also been seen among other cities in Buenos Aires, Dallas or Madrid.
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