Float of Eldorado

Float of Eldorado, 2017

Esther Suárez Ruiz

Sinopale 6, “Transposition
curator: Nike Bätzner

Esther Suárez Ruiz brought with her from Columbia a replica of the Float of Eldorado to the exhibition. It belongs to one of the fundamental myths of her country: El Dorado – a place made of pure gold. The imported replica of the small float clarifies the lack, which originated from colonization as the conquerors wanted to get as many gold as possible out of the country. For the citizens of Columbia there remained only the representative surrogates. They refer on blank spaces of culture. So the float draws attention to the looted pieces which were taken away by the conquistadors, missionaries or archaeologists and provided the foundation of the European chambers of wonderment.

Gilded brass, 11,5 x 7,5 x 5,5 cm