THE WALL OF SOUND

De acuerdo al imaginario colombiano, el reinado nacional es la máxima celebración de la belleza del país. Una vez al año, en noviembre, Cartagena reúne a las reinas de cada departamento, que compiten por un gobierno estético cuyo término es de apenas un año. En esa época, las diferencias se acentúan en la ciudad amurallada. Viste a algunas regiones de fiesta y orgullo mientras esconde otras, menos ataviadas y más informales. Erige unos muros invisibles, que aislan en otro mundo las melancólicas historias que ocurren mientras la belleza es homenajeada. Lina Leal ha querido mostrar ese otro rostro que está fuera de la suntuosa fortaleza, a través de esta instalación llamada Muros de Sonido. Consiste en piezas auditivas cargadas de secretos, relatos e historias instaladas estratégicamente a lo largo de las murallas. Todas ellas reflexionan sobre la Cartagena escondida, aquella que no brilla por lo que dice, sino por lo que calla.

THE WALL OF SOUND

For many people, Colombia’s beauty contest is the most important event for celebrating national beauty. Once a year, in November, the city of Cartagena gathers the queens of every department of the country. They contend for an aesthetic government whose duration is just one year. During this contest, the differences are accentuated in the colonial district of the city; it covers some regions with festivity and pride, while other areas which are less decorated and more informal remain hidden. Thus, this event builds invisible walls. While beauty is celebrated, it isolates the melancholic histories that take place in some parts of Cartagena, as if they belonged to an outside world. Through the facility entitled The Wall of Sound, Lina Leal wanted to show the face of the city that is outside the fortress. It consists of sound recordings strategically installed throughout the walls and filled with secrets, narratives, and experiences. They aim to represent the hidden areas of Cartagena: those which do not shine by what they say, but by what they obscure.