Alexis Leyva Machado (Kcho)Acto de fe, 2017
Mixed media on canvas, 145 x 185 cm.
Kcho a kcho (Bit by Bit) History is Remembered…
A new piece of history comes from the hands of Alexis Leyva Machado (Kcho). On this occasion the actions are succeeded in an Act of Faith. There he is, the artist illustrating the feeling more than the scene. Ocean and sky merge in that path that leads to sleep. Blue everywhere under a paradisiacal illumination of tropical aroma; gigantic postcard for the eyes. An idyllic panorama that dies under the bombardment of strident and loose brushstrokes. Figures that crowd and collide in a chaotic composition. The journey begins and with it the calm disappears.
The story recalls the journey, the difficult journey. How many reached the destination? How many are left on the way? Stifled bodies in the narrow space of the boats feeling the desperation that causes fear. A convulsive image that causes as many deductions as witnesses who see it. Tragedy that extinguishes laughter on the shore and causes precipitous advance out of the sea. A hell of horror swimming quietly over the transparent waters. Forever the soul lacerated and the mind –panicked– saved that memory. In time, they will only be other victims of migration.
Little by little the peculiarities of the event are blurred in our memory. The scene is distorted and there is only the evocation of terror. No matter who they were, no matter when it happened. The only truth is that each dead or disappeared comes to multiply the pain of the living. Precisely that is the apex on which Kcho stands: the experience of trauma in the imagination of those who remained and in the memory of those who do not. The boats and their crew are lost after the violent brushstroke of contrasting colors. Thick fillings that erase the details and flood the canvas to give the image a great expressive force. The bewilderment reigns, for the scene is revived under the veil of terror that shapes the mind in its attempt to remember.
Stories that fade in time, traces of lost lives and broken dreams. Sad and broken memories that the mind tries to drown. Experiences transmitted from a very personal and therefore unequal feeling in a collective knowledge. Stories can be distorted, they can even change, but at the end there is always a subjectiveness close to the truth.