Julio Barrita lives and works in Oaxaca City (Mexico). He has exhibited individually and collectively in México, Brazil, Guatemala, Chile, Spain, and the USA. He has been FONCA (National Fund for Culture and the Arts) scholar under the young artist category in the years 2014, 2016 and 2019. In 2015, he published the book Mirada al Valle (A view to the Valley), followed by Notas atemporales in 2019. His work reflects on the relations between the objects and the images in installations, sculpture, and photography. Collecting, drifting, transformation, and intervention are some of the strategies that are used to enter a relationship with the world through personal reflections.
About the artwork
16.5 gr. Gold is an installation that uses the sounds of interviews and soundscapes. The atmosphere of the place is modified with yellow light, contrasting the golden color with the exterior of the installation. All the gold-colored objects that can be purchased with an amount of money equivalent to 16.5 grams of gold will be featured. It is an installation that reflects on the cultural and economic value of gold and the gold color. This is a way of showing the absurdity of economic speculation, visible from the color of gold as a symbol of surplus value. The sound evokes the relationship between the extraction and the ecosystem it modifies.