SITE Santa Fe is pleased to introduce New Cartographies Of Smell Migration | Santa Fe, a multi-sensory sculptural installation by Colombian artist Oswaldo Maciá. This immersive installation celebrates movement and migration through sound, smell, and sight.
Set among hand painted maps annotated with notes on the cultural history and biological role of smell, this olfactory-acoustic sculpture diffuses the fragrance of tree resins sourced from forests in El Salvador and Honduras. These resins have played major cultural, religious, and medicinal roles among Indigenous peoples of the Americas since time immemorial, and have been exported globally since the 16th century. The accompanying audio sculpture features a blend of sounds including wind recorded in various deserts around the world and insects from the Choco region rainforests of Colombia.
Oswaldo Maciá creates olfactory-acoustic sculptures responding to time, place and the ever-changing nature of our planet. Stimulating questions about how we find our place in the world, Maciá’s immersive scenarios of sound and smell are held in international art collections and have been exhibited globally, including at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Manifesta 9, Venice Biennial, Daros Latinamerica, Riga Biennial, MOCO Montpellier Contemporain, and Porto Alegre Biennial. Maciá won the Golden Pear at the 2018 Art & Olfaction Awards for his experimental work with scent; in 2015 was awarded a public commission for the city of Bogotá, creating the first public sound sculpture in the southern hemisphere; and in 2011 received the prestigious first prize at the 2011 Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador. Maciá was born in the Caribbean city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. He lives and works in London and New Mexico. Focusing on migration and cross-pollination, Maciá is currently working on a major site-specific work for the fortified walls of his home city of Cartagena de Indias and on new commissions with Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany and Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk, Poland.
Oswaldo Maciá: New Cartographies Of Smell Migration | Santa Fe
- 1606 Paseo de Peralta
- Santa Fe, NM 87501
- SITE Santa Fe
- Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday