La montaña de acero (The Iron Mountain), 2020
drawings, photographs and collages
Courtesy of the artist
Eduardo Molinari’s approach to archives of Argentinian history seeks to untangle the colonial roots of state terrorism present in contemporary struggles. He traces the concealed links between republican myths of origin, dictatorial regimes, institutional violence, liberal economic policy, racism, ecocide, and structural social and economic inequality. The Iron Mountain project is part of his ongoing Archivo Caminante (The Walking Archive), which he started almost twenty years ago, as a way to explore the complex relations between art, history and territory. Over time, the artist has transformed the act of walking into an aesthetic practice, a metaphor for movement through different territories, and a collective research tool. Using collage and drawing—as political and poetical strategies of reconfiguration of images and memory under contemporary narratives—Molinari delves into a series of exercises of new political imagination within his own practice. In a collage of collages of sorts, he adds new layers of time to old works, stored materials, and previous research that his archive holds, amassed since his years as an art student. Through this process, Molinari plays a predictive game: he transports memories in which a dimension of life can be perceived, and where possible worlds to come might be hosted; memories that host possible worlds to come. In this act of prediction, legacies are not only “documents of the past,” they are transformed into action and thus mutate into matters of the present. They become forces and energies that must be deciphered and activated, liberating their potential to decolonize and emancipate minds and bodies.
Eduardo Molinari (b. 1961, Argentina) is an artist, researcher, and professor at the Department of Visual Arts of the National University of the Arts in Buenos Aires. Walking as an artistic practice, research with artistic methods and tools, and transdisciplinary collective work, are at the center of his practice. His oeuvre includes drawing, collage, photography, installation, intervention of public space, painting, film, writing, and publishing. In 2001 he created the Walking Archive, an ongoing visual archive that inquires about the relations between art, history, and territory. He was an artist in residence in the International Festival of New Theater (EUROKAZ, Zagreb, 2009), Akademie der Künste (Berlin, 2007), Weltecho Art Center (Chemnitz, Germany, 2007–8) and Centre D’Art Passerelle (Brest, France, 2005). His recent exhibitions include: Legacy in Movement (Casa de las Madres Línea Fundadora, ex-ESMA, Buenos Aires, 2019).