La Hora Garrobo| 2013 | Video | 2:21 min
This work like all my art works is deeply inspired by my own biography and in the universe of confinement of the human been. This piece also talks about the return to the vital and important things that in freedom loose their natural value maybe because we take them for guaranteed.
La Hora Garrobo is about the importance of a simple and basic fact: the right to the sunlight.
While I was in a maximum security cell years ago I could experience together with the other inmates the absence of direct sunlight. In the inner courtyard the roof was covered with concrete, in the middle there was just a single hole. Every day at the same time the sun passes over that hole.
This light that came into the inner courtyard was very appreciated by all prisoners, it was a kind of religious moment, or perhaps even magical, everyone will feed on this light, naked in the ground under those sun rays even though in those circumstances and context that meant vulnerability, it was so an important issue that ends up moving the instinct of self-preservation in a second place the few minutes that took the ritual.
For humans the connection to the sun is life. That connection is vital especially for inmates in that conditions, every time they see the sun moving also they feel that the time is moving, passing and the sentence getting over.
In the sun is contained the perception of time and the promise that we are free from any eternity.
There is something inside this ritual that is valid for all human beings: to see the sunlight always meant freedom.