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03/09/2021 - 02/10/2021

New Work - Digital


Jorge Martínez Valderrama - Saa Ñu’ú / Birds Clay

The Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum is pleased to present Saa Ñu’ú / Birds Clay by Jorge Martínez Valderrama at the UK Mexican Arts Society.

Inspired by a symphony of sounds from nature, as well as using instruments that have been played for millennia, the artist has created a piece that transports the audience to a different reality.

Wind rustling in cactus needles and water trickling down streams are just some of the elements that were recorded in the field, and that Martínez Valderrama has combined flawlessly to offer an unparalleled experience of the Ñuu Savi (People of the Rain) landscape in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Puebla and Guerrero.

This artwork is the result of a digital artist residency at the Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research at the British Museum. For this project, Martínez Valderrama researched Mesoamerican musical instruments and pictorial manuscripts in the collection and collaborated with the descendants of the Indigenous communities who created them.


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