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Onstage01 Juanli Carrion

Mysterious Incident in Lake Desmet 1st Act - Mysterious Incidente in Lake Desmet

“In the past Lake DeSmet was the largest natural body of waterInstallation     in northern Wyoming. Today the lake’s capacity is greater; however,
triptych (3 - 39 x 27,3 inch)     the shores of the lake remain virtually undeveloped. On the north side
C-PRINT on Dibond, metal, wood and sound     a hole in the earth connects us with something of its mystical past
2010     which seems to cling to this amazing place even today. Picniking
Monuments of Melancholy
is now a thing to do in the same place where The Father got around so much in troubled territories introducing the indians in Christians.”

Onstage02 Juanli Carrion

Mysterious Incident in Lake Desmet Intermision - Mysterious Incidente in Lake Desmet

“In the past Lake DeSmet was the largest natural body of waterInstallation     in northern Wyoming. Today the lake’s capacity is greater; however,
C-PRINT on Dibond (19,5 x 14,4 inch)     the shores of the lake remain virtually undeveloped. On the north side
wood, metalic ladder, halogen light and sound     a hole in the earth connects us with something of its mystical past
variable dimensions     which seems to cling to this amazing place even today. Picniking
2010     is now a thing to do in the same place where The Father got around
Monuments of Melancholy
so much in troubled territories introducing the indians in Christians.”

Onstage03 Juanli Carrion

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Intermision - Mysterious Incident in Lake Desmet    
ISCP Salon vista de la instalación

    Voices: John Wayne, Olivia Dandridge, Paul Newman,                                         Installation. C-PRINT on Dibond, wood,         Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, James Stewart and Cathy O’Donell.
metalic ladder, halogen light and sound         From movies: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
variable dimensions         She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. The Man From Laramie                                        
2010    
Monuments of Melancholy

Onstage04 Juanli Carrion

Mysterious Incident in Lake Desmet 2nd Act - Mysterious Incidente in Lake Desmet

“In the past Lake DeSmet was the largest natural body of waterCyclorama installation Vinyl on wood     in northern Wyoming. Today the lake’s capacity is greater; however,
Variable dimensions     the shores of the lake remain virtually undeveloped. On the north side
2010     a hole in the earth connects us with something of its mystical past
Monuments of Melancholy which seems to cling to this amazing place even today. Picniking
is now a thing to do in the same place where The Father got around so much in troubled territories introducing the indians in Christians.”

Onstage05 Juanli Carrion

Fetterman Massacre Hill 1nd Act - Fetterman Massacree

“You, our visitor, should now be parked in front of the     Installation     large rock monument at the site of the last stand of                    
Vinyl on wood frame, wood, metal, halogen light and sound     Fetterman. Inside the wall are the rocks where 76 bodies                      
Variable dimensions     including the one of Brevet Fetterman were found                        
2010     on that cold and bitter day of December 21, 1886”        
Monuments of Melancholy

Onstage06 Juanli Carrion

Connor Battlefield Park 1st & 2nd Act - Connor Battlefield

“A monument at the site in the southern end of the ConnorInstallation     Battlefield Park, located at the south end of the town of                          
Micro-perforated vinyl, halogen light and sound     Ranchester, now marks the area of the fight. Playground,                          
Variable dimensions     camp, and a road have helped turn this place in a beautiful area...”
2010    
Monuments of Melancholy

   
Intermision - Connor Battlefield

Connor Battlefield Park                                                                    Instalation. Three video chanels in reference monitors    
                                                       variable dimensions     “A monument at the site in the southern end of the Connor                           Battlefield Park, located at the south end of the town of Ranchester,                                  
2010    
Monuments of Melancholy     now marks the area of the fight. Playground, camp                                        
and a road have helped turn this place in a beautiful area...”

Onstage08 Juanli Carrion

Fetterman Massacre Hill 2nd Act - Fetterman Massacree

“You, our visitor, should now be parked in front of the     Installation     large rock monument at the site of the last stand of                    
Vinyl on wood frame, wood, metal, halogen light and sound     Fetterman. Inside the wall are the rocks where 76 bodies                      
Variable dimensions     including the one of Brevet Fetterman were found                        
2010     on that cold and bitter day of December 21, 1886”        
Monuments of Melancholy

Onstage08 Juanli Carrion

Connor Battlefield Park Intermision - Connor Battlefield

“A monument at the site in the southern end of the Connor Battlefield Park,     Installation     located at the south end of the town of Ranchester, now marks the area of the                    
    fight. Playground equipment, campsites, and extensive landscaping have helped                      
    turn this site into a beautiful area...”                        
           

Onstage08 Juanli Carrion

Fetterman Massacre Hill 1st Act - Fetterman Massacree - 2nd Act - Fetterman Massacree

“You, our visitor, should now be parked in front of the large rock monument     Installation     at the siteof the last stand of Fetterman. Inside the wall are the rocks where 76                    
bodies including the one of Brevet Fetterman were found on that cold and bitter                     
day of December 21, 1886”                        
       

Onstage08 Juanli Carrion

Fetterman Massacre Hill 1st Act - Fetterman Massacree - 2nd Act - Fetterman Massacree

“You, our visitor, should now be parked in front of the large rock monument     Installation     at the siteof the last stand of Fetterman. Inside the wall are the rocks where 76                    
bodies including the one of Brevet Fetterman were found on that cold and bitter                     
day of December 21, 1886”                        
       

   
3th Act, 1st & 2nd Scenes - Connor Battlefield

Connor Battlefield Park                                                                               Instalation. Video projection, wood and sound    
                                                       variable dimensions     “A monument at the site in the southern end of the Connor                           Battlefield Park, located at the south end of the town of Ranchester,                                  
2010    
Monuments of Melancholy     now marks the area of the fight. Playground, camp                                        
and a road have helped turn this place in a beautiful area...”

2010 - 2014

Onstage.

“We today face the necessity (…) to relearn a sense of time in order to recover a consciousness of history. At a time when everything conspires to make us relieve that history is at an end and that the World is a spectacle in which this end is staged.” Marc Augé

The United States has lead the development of the current languages of fiction and spectacle, which it currently used to both create its own history and also to direct and write it in the way it wants.

The paradigm of American history takes on great magnitude because of its post-colonial reconstruction. Distributed along the middle of the country, there are, a series of isolated natural sites, which have been turned into historical milestones in arbitrary, confusing, and sometimes ridiculous ways. These cartographies of accidents, battles, and massacres could become a map of one of the many possible U.S. Recent Histories.

Some historic milestones located in Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana have been monumentalized through the intervention of society, and that’s where this project starts:
landscapes or scenes marked by a plaque, statue, legend or monolith explaining what happened. The Fetterman Massacre Hill, The Mysterious Incident in the Lake Desmet and The Connor Battlefield Park are some of the milestones chosen for this project.
Onstage begins with a series of site-specific installations that use specific lighting associated with the dramatic codes of theater and borrow language to recount, once again, in a symbolic and ironic way what that history” is. I have previously created several variations of this installation in each location, representing the events that occurred there as if they were theatrical acts. Additionally, I photographed each variation separately, generating a series of large format images grouped according to the number of variations or acts like pieces.

The project documents and questions these places condemned by their monuments at a time when the world is rethinking its way of operation, and contemporary society is redefining their culture, role models and social models, all of which reflected in these places.

In the second phase of the project, I create the devices that compose the installations, in which the images collected in the first part of the project will be shown. These devices function as a Backstage, while the project is fore-grounded as an installation on a stage. This installation consists of three scenarios with installations composed of devices that display these images. Each of these installations is composed of reinterpretations of scenographic structures and devices that display the captured images. Accompanying the installations are sound tracks created using the voices of John Wayne, Olivia Dandridge, Paul Newman and Robert Redford in their performances in Western Movies, while actors read texts extracted from the monuments’ plaques. Onstage talks about the way in which society reconstructs reality by reinventing history, the melodrama granted by mankind to events and places, the line between fiction and reality, and ways of interpreting history that ultimately define us as cultural beings. On Stage can be understand as an aesthetic exercise that makes use of the dramaturgical codes of theatrical lighting and sceneography, while questioning the language of spectacle and its use in capturing attention in real life.

Onstage deals with the artificiality inherent in the preservation of history linked here through a series of significant places that have become generators of history and identity.

© 2012