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UNITED BUDDY BEARS SHOW - Riga 2018

Venezuela

expand Artist: Carlos Manrique
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Experiences from the past and hopes for the future form human beings. Common experiences and common hopes unite them into a nation. People of a nation can name their lived experiences. Their creative, yet to be lived hopes are shown by Carlos Manrique through signs and music notes.
The history of nations is a story of war and peace. Past time often seems to be a chain of battles for the liberation from power and dependency. This side is dark. In the case of Venezuela the darkness is the experience with the foreign power of the conquistadors. But Venezuela managed to escape from the darkness into the light, because Venezuela, in spite of or maybe because of this experience, was the first democracy on the South American continent.
Analogue to this the artist shows the Venezuelan bear as a figure that steps from the shadow into the light - like children that are still unburdened by the shadows of the past, he is standing in the light of hope.
Everything merges in the contrast. Because the night is also the place of dreams. And the shadow is the source of water that gives life.
Carlos Manrique

Sponsor: Still GmbH

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