Flor Mayoral: “See the silence” at Coral Gables, Miami
#MIAMI Human nudity and collective identity become perceptible in the photographic project of Flor Mayoral
First it’s curious. Behind the window of several shop windows, we see photos of people who make the gesture of silence with a finger on their lips. Then there are other stained glass windows and other quiet portraits that want to shout something at us. Curiosity becomes surprise and fascination.
What at first seemed casual then becomes an art declaration in the heart of a community, interacting with passers-by, but it is not just a manifesto about cultural communication and the relationship between the senses of individuals.
That gesture of repeated silence —an old woman, a policeman, a child, a girl, any man— speaks to us of the vehemence of the image, of the mute meaning of the human face. Each individual is unique, but when we remain silent, silence brings us together in a warm collective solitude that reveals our common identity.
In this version of her Silence Project, Cuban-born photographer Flor Mayoral brought together several institutions in the city to exhibit 75 portraits in the center of Coral Gables, in unused commercial windows. Three photographs here, two there, four after that cafeteria, six on the other side of the avenue. Eyes looking at the passer-by looking at them.
Why this gesture of silence? And what is silence for each one of us? There it leads us to think about this photographic project that began in 2007 and has already been exhibited in cities in Florida, Havana (Cuba) and Alicante (Spain).
“It is a discourse without words among many people, a symphony without words,” said the artist, for whom all these people “are equal in a single discourse; no one is worth more than another, all are exactly the same, and yet they all have a different thought about what silence is to them.
Although most of those portrayed belong to the local community, there are some from other places, even from other countries. And we can even find the world-famous face of Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa.
Some groups of photos are accompanied by quotes from writers or thinkers who reinforce the concept of the project. “Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing”, warns Khalil Gibrán, and Wayne Dyer is conclusive: “Everything created comes from silence”.
A trip to the center of our creativity hidden in the void of silence is what Flor Mayoral invites us to do in this project in which the invisible is perceived: Let our silence speak, that language that all humans understand.
Flor Mayoral “Silence Project “
Until 10 november 2019
Coral Gables, Miami
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