Video. 3 minutes. 2007

Show is the distorted film of a popular ritual, carried out each year at the 31 of December in some places of Cuba. The tradition is to burn a puppet that represents the year that finished, as soon as the new year begins. The scene looks in the video like the execution of a person by fire and the hysteria around it. It remember of the ancestral sacrifice as collective catharsis. It also make us think about how the memories of sacrifices and punishment have survive in our culture under the disguise of popular traditions and festivities.

© Jairo Gutiérrez Feut 2016