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Ana González Barragán

Inframundo
2018

Amidst the Mexica society cosmovision, the universe was divided and organised through two levels: a vertical and a horizontal one. While the first one was composed of the overworld and the underworld, ––where land was conceived as a departure point to either ascend or descend––; the horizontal one, had the ability to traverse and connect both terrains. Inframundo is a sculpture that aims to inhabit the two worlds. It invokes the mythological journey to Mictlan  ––or the Aztec underworld–– which consisted of a long trip for dead people comprising nine levels full of obstacles in order to achieve eternal rest. Distinctly, one of the levels consists of an obsidian mountain that must be crossed. The sculpture conjures a long and dangerous journey embedded in the simplicity of an object that, for a moment, is capable of containing the mystery of afterlife.