Sebastian Diaz Morales15,000,000 Parachutes 2001

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Artist
Title
15,000,000 Parachutes
Date 2001
MediumVideo, projection, colour and sound
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Latin American Acquisitions Committee 2003
Reference
T11803
Not on display

Summary

Sebastian Diaz Morales was born in Argentina and studied both in Argentina and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Morales’s video work blurs fiction and documentary genres and has been screened extensively at film festivals as well as in a gallery context. With its spliced footage and stills and jumbled observations, his work follows the tradition of Latin-American narrative film. Morales plays with the structure of narrative within his work, typically documenting and constructing journeys that explore social and political concerns.

The number in the title of this work, 15,000,000 Parachutes, refers to the population of Jakarta, Indonesia. It is estimated that around sixty percent of these 15,000,000 inhabitants are unemployed. Morales’s video installation is an allegory, telling the story of one man, a ‘parachutist’, as a metaphor for the plight of those unemployed. The cyclical structure of the narrative mirrors the cyclical life of an anonymous would-be worker. Each morning, the voiceover tells us, the parachutist wakes up, finds the taps at his sink do not work so washes his face in bath water, and summons the courage to ‘attempt another jump’… (read more)

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