Inventory / Inventario comprises 300 individual images of product bottles and domestic objects including shoes, toys, tools, clothing and more, caringly photographed as if each were a portrait. An image reads as a personal narrative inviting close inspection, so that the shape of an object, its color, texture, size and capacity is amplified. However when viewed as part of the installation, the image narratives meld and juxtapose, playing off each other to show their vast magnitude of time and functional design varieties. On the one hand, through research, documentation and a poetic presentation, Iraheta is on a quest for self-definition seeking identity from the collection of objects he has lovingly accumulated, and on the other, the objects are trapped in a predicament of uselessness and ultimate waste. As such, Inventory / Inventario is both a document revealing a magnitude of memories—personal memories and memories of social and cultural moments—and a metaphor for certain loss. Ultimately, Inventory / Inventario unites Iraheta’s acute interest in aesthetics, anthropology and activism.
Walterio Iraheta | 1968, Lives and works in San Salvador, El Salvador
Artist, curator, and cultural organizer, Iraheta studied Applied Arts at Centro Nacional de Artes (CENAR) and the University Dr. José Matías Delgado in El Salvador (1995); Graphic Arts at the Chicago Cultural Center, USA (1997), and the School of Visual Arts, La Esmeralda, México, DF (2000). He was also professor of the School of Communication and of the University Dr. José Matías Delgado (1995-2000). He has participated in over 50 solo exhibitions and over 150 collective shows in the United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic, France, Spain, Japan, among others. His work was selected for the Venice Biennial, Italy (2011); Pontevedra Biennial in Galicia, Spain (2010); The X Havana Biennial, Cuba (2009); and The Museum of Contemporary Art Reina Sofia, Madrid, (2009), amongst others.