Pongo mi pie desnudo en el umbral —translated to English as “I put my bare foot on the threshold”— is a project with three layers: a short story written by the artist, the exhibition device itself and a collaboration with the artist María Roja through a specific performance.
Artist(s) Christian García Bello
Curator David Barro
Venue Fundación DIDAC, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
All images Courtesy of the artist. Photography: Roi Alonso
This exhibition is presented as a collection of fragmented and overlapping points of view based on a short story about the travel diaries of Dirse, a woman who made a pilgrimage from Antwerp (Flanders, BE) to A Guarda (Galicia, ES), sometime between the 16th and 17th centuries, and who spent her last days on Mount Santa Trega, looking at the river mouth of the Miño, the natural and watery threshold that separates Galicia from Portugal.
The title —a verse from the galician poet José Ángel Valente— leads us to think of a story that could be ending or beginning, but a story that goes forward by walking, touching and gazing. A spatial narrative about landscape, spirituality, ritualism, architecture and vernacular forms.