“Angel and Demon”, the story of the Spanish in the Americas

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Columbus Day, is a date for reflection in Latin America and the Panamanian master of plastic arts, Aristides Ureña Ramos, has created an installation in conjunction with the painter and scenographer, Rafael Navarro, and two talents of the visual arts, Jhoram Moya and Manuel Gordon. This multidiscipline artwork called “Angel and Demon” will open on Thursday, October 12 at the Museo de Arte Religioso Colonial (Colonial Religious Art Museum), a former colonial church, in Casco Antiguo at 7:00 p.m.

An installation is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that often are site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space. On this occasion the subject is the “Conquest of the Americas” and the impact the Spaniards had in Latin America, especially Panama.

The initial point of the installation is the beautifully preserved altar, located at the Museum entrance, where the visitor will be able to reflect about the Latin American Baroque period and the aggressiveness of the Spanish conquest.

A great sculpture is located in front of the altar, an Indian coming from the mud, representing the indigenous groups against the huge Baroque altar, which makes you think about how good or how evil was the presence of the conquerors in the American continent. The altar and the effigy will be illuminated with colors that represent the Baroque and the indigenous culture.

On the sides there will videos with images of the tropical world, the ecosystem and the biodiversity; continuous sound will play, with voices talking in indigenous languages, singing ritual songs which are the cries of oppressed people.

The museum opens Tuesday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Entrance costs $0.75 for adults and $0.25 for children. For more information call 228-2887.

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