Marcos Ramírez ERRE first visited the mountainous region of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas in May 2005. While there, he explored the diverse area with the assistance of local guides and familiarized himself with the government’s plans to construct a hydroelectric dam at Tiger Leaping Gorge, an ecologically and culturally important part of this World Heritage site, which would become flooded with the building of the dam. A conceptual artist with a background in construction, ERRE worked with local builders to create his exhibition sculpture: a wall that represents the wall of a traditional house, approximately twenty feet long and ten feet high, using regional building methods and materials. Into the wall he will place four plasma screen “windows” (two on each side); depending on which side the viewer is standing, the windows will feature video footage into the everyday domestic lives of the residents or into the outdoor landscape with which they live.
ERRE returned to China in summer of 2007 and was shocked by the environmental and cultural changes that had taken place during the relatively brief timespan between his two visits. His exhibition project features additional elements that voice his urgent concern to protect one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.
“What I can say with certainty is that this work is a form of witnessing. I strongly believe that we must observe and witness the way in which globalizing commercial policies create social changes altering this very rich area. These changes have directly affected the health of the ecosystem in Northwest Yunnan, one of the richest areas of biodiversity in China and possibly the most biologically diverse temperate region on earth.”
—Marcos Ramírez ERRE, on his Human/Nature project
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