as our cultural differences become more and more apparent and continue to cause wars and violence, there is another thing that becomes apparent: the emergence of a global community. whether people choose to believe in it or not, everyone on the planet is a part of the global community regardless of race, religion or moral views and we’re all in this together. Cuban artist Erik Ravelo seeks to create a work of art that breaks down and dissolve our differences.
his latest work is titled Lana Sutra — sculptures, if you will, of faceless bodies that are joined together to “articulate the different positions of love.” the forms are made of plaster, then covered in wool thread, chosen from the United Colors of Benetton Fall/Winter collection. the different thread colors are united by a braid, binding the two people together. this is meant to show how love can cancel out differences and bind humanity as one.
in the artist’s world, we all live in a global community as humans. coexistence should be about the merging of cultures, religions, ideas and people not about the separation of it. the world is becoming more and more connected and now that we can see the way others live, people should learn understand and accept each other rather than labeling something or someone as “wrong.”
Ravelo uses ideas to guide his installations. they are provocative, but there is something soft and warm about them. i think the colors are beautiful and the lighting in each shot is incredible. this installation is definitely extremely unique and i feel like the message is important and good to acknowledge even if you don’t agree.
all images © Erik Ravelo, image courtesy of United Colors of Benetton