Angela Cura Mendez

Angela Cura Mendez (Santiago)

Project Ekeko / Proyecto Ekeko

  Function for those who wish for something more
Activation Hosts open the small copper bag and light the miniature candle, in honour of Ekeko, the god of abundance, long enough to make a wish. They then pass this on to the next person until the candle has run out.
Materials copper
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El ekeko

El Ekeko is a god of abundance much celebrated in the Andean regions of Latin America. The figurine is usually adorned with meticulously crafted miniatures of objects which are the subject of popular desires. Every new year, he is brought up and adorned. To please the god, a lighted cigarette is placed in his mount. For more information go here.

Angela Cura Mendes expands this ritual so that people can intensify their participation, replacing his cigarette with a candle that is lit to make a wish. Rather than consumer goods, he carries bags stuffed with wishes. His bag, of course, is made from copper, the Chilean gold.



One thought on “Angela Cura Mendez

  1. Hola Angela. Uf, no sabes cómo me gusta tu Proyecto Ekeko. Desde que soy chica que el Ekeko me ha fascinado, recuerdo que la mamá de mi mejor amiga tenía uno al que le prendía un cigarro con frecuencia, mi amiga y yo no lográbamos explicarnos cómo la figurita lograba fumárselo entero…ciertamente había algo de magia involucrada, siempre le tuve mucho respeto, también algo de miedo.
    Me gusta como tu proyecto le agrega al Ekeko un factor poético. No se trata sólo de abundancia material, si lo tratamos bien también nos puede cumplir otros deseos más secretos. Felicitaciones y buena suerte!


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