For the video and virtual-reality set up Pi_ñ_a, Why is the Sky Blue?, 2021, Stephanie Comilang and Simon Speiser lean at the historical past of the pineapple as an starting place fantasy for a non secular entity that involves lifestyles thru present-day era. It’s a long lasting but nuanced thought, during which the artists invoke shared commonalities of their Filipino and Ecuadorian ancestry. First cultivated by means of Indigenous other folks in South The usa, the pineapple, beginning within the 16th century, was once transported by means of the Spanish to plantations throughout Southeast Asia for eventual export to Europe. Throughout the exhibition, the spiky fruit is reimagined as a symbolic provider of precolonial wisdom, taking the type of Piña, a strikingly charismatic avatar that is a component ancestral spirit, phase Siri. Over the dizzying process a twenty-minute VR enjoy, Piña’s disarming gaze attracts you deep into their international— to drift thru lush landscapes, far-off mountaintops, and in the end their non-public library archives—as they step by step increase self-awareness and query their very own autonomy.
Piña represents a collective spirit that transcends time and house. They evoke different trans-generational, matrilineal figures: moms, weavers, witches, and digital assistants. Intricately published pineapple-fiber weavings put in alongside the wall anchor one of the crucial technofeminist depth of the exhibition in conventional technique. An adjoining movie considers colonial infrastructure in opposition to the lessons of modern feminist leaders, healers, shamans, activists, and organizers operating in Ecuador and the Philippines. The paintings examines how feminist modalities of data switch have develop into a pivotal part of our social infrastructure: a non secular knowledge era.