"La Ley del Embudo"
Artist: Mario Sagradini
Focus art work: "The law of the funnel - La legge dell’imbuto"
Simple and effective, “The law of the funnel” is but a modest cattle corral in the center of a white room. Perhaps the visual methodology is obvious. The recontextualization of the corral in a white cube space, instead of let’s say the Uruguayan country-side, allows the viewer to psychologically access the object in a new way, as an artwork. Removing the corral from the bovine bodies that create its true function, a new purpose is assigned to the corral. I understood the corral to be used for humans. As you may know, a corral’s function is to (by definition) “gather together and confine (a group of people or things).” When I encountered the work, the meaning seemed apparent since I witnessed a young girl walk through the corral. The human figure within the structure immediately activated what stood before me and allowed me to procure my own meaning and interpretation of the object being one for humans.
During my time in Brazil, tainted by the experience of violent and vivid political protest, I learned about the the horribly corrupt government, and subsequent news about Venezuela, Mexico and Paraguay’s own political unrest and rampant corruption. I thought the situation in Uruguay was yet another country with a wrongdoing government in power. I assumed the work to be about government power over humans, the corral as a political and authoritative system in place, veering humans, like cattle, into their respective places.
HOWEVER, after doing some research about Uruguay, curious to learn more about its current political affairs, I found myself greatly corrected. In fact, Uruguay is the most peaceful country in Latin America. I had so quickly jumped to an assumption that Uruguay, like many of its neighboring countries, was fraught with scandal. In sharp contrast to my previous judgement,
“The Economist named Uruguay "country of the year" in 2013, acknowledging the innovative policy of legalizing the production, sale and consumption of cannabis. Same-sex marriage and abortion are also legal, leading Uruguay to be regarded as one of the most progressive nations in the world, and one of the most socially developed, outstanding regionally, and ranking highly on global measures of personal rights, tolerance, and inclusion issues.” - Wikipedia
Perhaps this work necessitates more background research and a certain level of artistic orientation but it perked my interest. If anything, I’ve caught myself making assumptions about a country I knew nothing about. Now I want to visit.