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From Rock to Wind

“Halekas are ancient spirits of shamans who turned to stone when they passed away.  That is why we can read stones. When we walk through our land we know the story of every rock and hill, every well and cave, every animal. 

Before dawn came upon this Earth, father Siukukui drew all the animals and peoples that existed only in thoughts onto stones. So that everyone could not see these drawings, Aruaviko followed behind Siukukui earasing the carvings with his broom. 

That is why not just anyone can see these carvings. At first sight it looks like a regular rock, but it is a Haleka.”

— Leonardo Gil, Chief of the Wiwa people, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia 1993.

Alejo is like a 19th century romantic artist that wanders the planet passionately seeking the most desolate, remote and majestic territories. He carries with him these characters, perhaps mythical ones, emerging from ancestral knowledge and remote memories inscribed in rock. They mark the emblematic nature of those sacred places, where they go from rock to wind. 

“It is these figures of ancestral beings, that through the smoke and mist of time, appeared to me with their unreal, aggressive, overpowering, and tender faces. From impossible worlds, to challenge this hyper-connected and indifferent world of urban values”.

— Alejo Santa Maria 2017