Anish Kapoor has never been one to shy away from politicised work. Recently the British artist has been very vocal about world events, including Trumps’ election and why it’s necessary to oppose this dividing political figure. Earlier this year, he formed a coalition called Hands Off Our Revolution with over 200 creatives, who aim to stage contemporary art exhibitions to confront right-wing populism.
His latest installation, Destierro, on show at the Parque de la Memoria follows a similar narrative, however instead of discussing a specific political event, the work draws attention to the displacement of civilians across the world. The park that houses the show was created as a memorial to the victims of the regime that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. Like the world’s current refugee crisis, this period in Argentina saw displacement of many Argentinian civilians, a parallel Kapoor has drawn a direct line between.
The installation consists of over 100 tonnes of earth dusted in Kapoor’s signature red pigment, which has then been displaced by a brightly painted tractor. The title of the show directly translates to ‘unearth’ and references Kapoor’s revelation that today’s borders are “no longer the ones that separate nations, as some leaders would have you see, but the [ones] that separate those that have some bit of ground to stand on and those that have none.”
It’s an intoxicating view. The colour radiates with an almost grotesque vibrancy, with the pigment not only effecting your vision but also entering your internals as you breath in the dusty air.
Destierro is on show until August 27.