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  Santiago Apóstol
(St. James the Apostle)
Daniel Lind

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Santiago Apóstol in the town of Loíza

The best stock of Caribbean syncretism produced our most popular festival. Body and color go hand-in-hand in this feast, an indigenous carnival of rhythm and spice that will challenge the imagination of any artist. The proposal must not seclude itself in an alienated and paternalistic pulpit; on the contrary, it should join the people in the ritual. The work should connect with the feast, and during the rest of the year acts as a reminder of the living roots that touch us all, becoming a part of the event and the tradition.
About the Area
Island towns are commonly remembered for their special events instead of their specific characteristics. This setting invites artists to revisit events that take place in several towns, and to commemorate them by means of artistic interventions that celebrate their locations. The works should reach a wide audience, and be capable of artistically sublimating the humor inherent in many such festivities, in keeping with their importance and the respect they deserve. For each site, the artist should study the festivity and its rituals, to obtain clues for the concept and placement of the work.

"The work of Daniel Lind Ramos feeds upon literature and mystical art in a unique way. It is perhaps a good example of a mysticism extracted, in good measure, from classical sources, but assimilated with an absolute distancing and recontextualization, where the nurturing Loíza plays the ritual role of Goddess of mothers, not far distanced from literary sources; in his assemblages, texts and images of writers are incorporated as touchstones of a never-ending cultural ceremony."

Dr. Rubén Moreira
Exégesis 16, #45, 2002

Technical description:
Five mosaic murals to be installed on concrete foundations

The feast of Santiago Apóstol is more than a celebration. Its texture is very similar to the structure of crossways. From convener of pilgrimages to pilgrim, the Santiago Apóstol (St. James the Apostle) who migrated to the territory of Loíza is richer than the one peacefully resting at the Galician cathedral. Resembling the route of pilgrims to Santiago, in Spain, where stone crosses point out the route to follow, these mosaics by Daniel Lind, assembled to evoke menhirs, are signposts of the processions held to honor Santiago Apóstol in July of each year at the town of Loíza.

The design of these mosaics, conceived as three-dimensional objects, was inspired by a variation of the vejigante mask: the spotted mask. The spots (according to their color) symbolize the presence of African deities in the celebration of the festivities in honor of Santiago, the joy of living, the festive atmosphere, the hustle and bustle of the feast, and the spots of an animal. Red and yellow are the dominant colors in the plastic expressions related to the procession, such as flags, costumes, flowers, masks and ornaments.

The phrase ¡Viva Santiago! (Long live Santiago!) is shouted when the rockets are launched to the sky during the feast, recalling the old battle-cry by which the protection of the saint was invoked in battle. These installations by Daniel Lind, located at diverse focal points of Loíza, will gradually become landmarks in the tradition of a town that does not forget its roots, and celebrates them with the cry of ¡Viva Santiago Apóstol!
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