Phantom Matrix (Old Structures, New Glories)
Sugar cane wooden mill, electric motor, sound system.
Context-specific intervention in three phases:
02.04.2026 – 23.04.2016 Mill exposed in its initial state.
28.04.2016 – 10.06.2016 Mill disassembled with its parts cataloged and reorganized.
11.06.2016 – 25.06.2016 Parts removed from space. Audio installation with the sounds of processes connected to this engine.
*colonial device moved by animal or human traction and destined to grind sugar cane
The work results from a reflection on the urban context of the Situ Project (Galeria Leme) understood as a broad physical and social matrix, and which is simultaneously related to the exterior of the gallery building and the adjacent public space.
For this installation, Shwafaty takes over an original wooden sugar mill, using it to structure, both materially and conceptually, his entire project. With this piece, the artist occupies the gallery’s courtyard and engenders an installation that is transformed in successive moments. First, the plant will be exposed (in relatively constant movement), although unproductive (no sugar cane grinding). Throughout the exhibition, this device will be gradually dismantled into all its parts, which will then be cataloged and reorganized, in order to be re-displayed and re-signified. Finally, the pieces will be removed from the courtyard, which will then be immaterially occupied by a soundtrack that carries the memory of processes linked to the mill.
By bringing this type of colonial machine back to the neighborhood where it first appeared, the artist voluntarily creates a collision between two different historical eras.