In the Greek myth, Sisyphus is condemned to lug a large stone towards the mountaintop. Once at the summit, the stone rolls mercilessly back down and the process begins anew. Thus, for all eternity.
We float along the river, surrounded by the jungle. Every few hours we stop on makeshift ports. The inhabitants, otherwise isolated, congregate around the vessel to trade their agricultural products and livestock for modern necessities, such as diapers, Coke, and batteries. Day and night, the crew loads the boat with the villagers’ goods.
In the installation, the continuous activity of the men contrasts with the impassivity of the stone cross and of the Conquistador’s sword. They are compelled by the promise of Heaven and the threat of imminent punishment.
Likewise, the modern-day urban Sisyphus is driven to endless action and consumption by an elusive monetary heaven.
Capasso, A., Keller, D. & Tinajero, P. (2014). Sísifo 2.0 [Instalación multimedia]. Versión comprimida para visualización en red (7 Mb).
Argentine Consulate in New York, 2004