Canarii

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Portraits

If you had a test to see if you had aboriginal blood and it came back positive, would you
be pleased?¨
¨Yes, of course¨.
¨Why?¨
¨Who they were, where they came from, is still a mystery, but it´s clear that they were a unique race. I would love to be a part of it, it would be a privilege.¨

Comprised of 23 portraits that illustrate the genetic make-up of the current
Canarian population and how it may relate to their aboriginal heritage.
Including their brief family histories, photographs of a selection of male, female
and children’s skulls dating from the 4th century, and an interview with a genetic
researcher from the University of La Laguna, Tenerife.

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Exhibition

Gallery La Nube di OOrt, Rome
14th November – 17th December 2015

Brochure text by Cristian Stanescu and Massimo Prampolini

The islands have a double identity, they are both land and sea: for the feet they are a tangible landing, and for the eye, with a view from the continent, they are the lands of the sea. Synonyms of remoteness and separation, the islands are crossroads, places of fusion. Each one closes and opens its borders in its own way: through its history, its hospitality, its resistance to external intrusions. It does so through the faces of its inhabitants, bearers of the enigma that every island has. The islands are this, and the Canaries are the islands par excellence.
Massimo Prampolini

Screened with the documentary ´Written in the Wind´.

Exhibition

Installation

Gallery La Nube di OOrt, Rome
14th November – 17th December 2015

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In this exhibition Francesca Phillips shows her artistic sensibility with an anthropological survey on the native population of the Canary Islands, the Guanches. On show are intense portraits of people of different ages and sex, involving us in a virtual reality of their world, in the traces of a past so hard fought for their physical and cultural survival. Great inventors, the Guanches developed a complex language based on whistles, still known and practiced, as they needed a means of distance communication in the steep valleys of these volcanic islands in the ocean. In this amazing language Francesca Phillips has made a documentary of intense involvement, entitled Written in the Wind, which will be screened in the gallery during the exhibition to give us the chance to know ‘El Silbo ‘, the whistled language of the Guanches, and the efforts to save it for new generations. Critical text by Massimo Prampolini.

Interview

Interview

Los Canarios. The Genetic Composition of the Canary Islands.

Interview conducted with Alejandra C. Ordóñez from the University of
La Laguna, Tenerife. September 2014

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