The title of Eduardo Sarabia’s work at Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach. references the identity cards stored with archeological objects. In this case the ‘archeological’ object is a snake-skinned boot which can be related to a drug lord, referencing the drug conflicts in (Northern) Mexico. The artwork only hints at the drug trafficking conflicts. A pair of snake skin boots can be perceived as an identifier of a powerful outlawed class, directly related to a much bigger and more complex political situation. The artist creates fake evidence of an unfolding event, in a commemorating and somehow mocking way. The viewer must enter the artist’s fantastic realm in order to understand the information found in documentation and the communicating power of certain objects.
Eduardo Sarabia: Snake Skin Boots with Snake Head. White Quarry Stone 21st Century. Northern Mexico, 2011 / Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City.