ART CENTRAL HONG KONG 2017
About Afonso Tostes and his works.
The message over the victory of Troy reached Greece via the sea. Wooden fires were lit from island to island, and the flames could be seen over vast distances until the message had reached its final destination. They were lit by prisoners who were put out there and humiliated for years in order to fulfill their sole purpose of lighting these fires. The fire images of these invisible but crucial actors were, however, indispensable to the development of the upcoming history.
These, as well as other, not less invisible, actors take a fundamental role in our survival and our culture. The workers, primarily those of the fields, are represented here by their used and consumed tools, which in their appearance sustain the memory of those who work to make food available to us. At its ends there are formed bones which represent the extension of the arms of these male and female workers. To show the fire images with the tools of the workers sends me on another journey, namely, the history of the Africans who were shipped to America as slaves and became those who were invincible and maintained the countrythrough their work. The presentation of the fire in these pictures announces the desired victory, asit did in the Orestie. The victory, that is still come!
See you on 21-25 march 2017 in Hong Kong at the harbourfront.