Fermin Fleites Cultural Antropologhy and Art

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Anthropology and Cultural Studies

As a visual artist, I understand that the complexities of human nature are essential in the symbolic representations that define my productions.

My artwork transcends the physical structure of reality to document imaginary events, using anthropology and different media - painting, sculpture, drawing, video installation - and unusual materials such as gunpowder, soil, carmine and organic materials of different origins. The visual resulting of this process is a graphic documentation of my interaction with different societies.
The leitmotif in my works is the exploration of the defining roles of cultural diversity and individualism that make us human. In 1999 I traveled to the Peruvian Amazon jungle in order to complete a master degree in Cultural Anthropology and Media.

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My travels and cultural anthropology studies provided me the opportunity to test my thesis about the social function of art in societies different than ours. This investigation focused on those resistance and folklorization mechanisms that indigenous groups utilize in response to external incursions and influences.
Travel through several Latin American countries helped connect people from around the globe with the spiritual and cultural guides of those communities, using new media and Internet. People from other countries could now for the first time comprehend their psychological pasts, comparing philosophies, ways of life and other concepts with the tribes shamans, midwives and other leaders. The result of this investigation was compiled in different traveling exhibitions such as ¨Del Periplo Camino de las Velas¨, ¨El vuelo de los Vuelcos¨, ¨Déjame que te Cuente¨,¨Crónicas de la Eternitud¨,"The Same Bowl" and "The Winner".

Those years studying native societies have influenced my entire work since.

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