CARLOS ZAPATA 'EX-VOTOS' - 14/8 TO 15/9/15


Traditionally an ‘Ex-Voto’ is a votive offering to a saint or to a divinity. It is given in fulfilment of a vow (hence the Latin term, short for ex voto suscepto, “from the vow made”) or in gratitude or devotion where the worshiper seeks grace or wishes to give thanks.

Ex-votos can take a wide variety of forms. They are not only intended for the helping figure, but also as a testimony to later visitors of the received help. As such they may include texts explaining a miracle attributed to the helper, or symbols such as a painted or modelled reproduction of a miraculously healed body part, or a directly related item such as a crutch given by a person formerly lame.

I have tried with these works to reflect the mixed heritage of my homeland Colombia. Indian, African and European.

These Ex-Voto interpretations are of stories that I have collected which have moved me, some of them are my own. When I work I Iet things flow and I try not to question. I just do it and see what happens. That is the closest way I can find contact with a higher reality. Maybe it is a place between a physical and spiritual existence which helps me meditate on human nature.


Carlos Zapata, 2015.



Marriage
24 x 27 x 11.5 cm . mixed media





Homosexuality
23.5 x 27 x 11.5 cm . mixed media





War
25 x 33 x 6 cm . mixed media





Homeless
25 x 27 x 11.5 cm . mixed media





Love
24 x 27 x 7 cm . mixed media





Limbo 1
25 x 28 cm . mixed media





Birth
33 x 29 x 6 cm . mixed media





Limbo 2
26 x 28 cm . mixed media





Suicide
23.5 x 27.5 x 3 cm . mixed media





Kidnapping
24 x 29 x 7 cm . mixed media





Domestic Violence
27 x 28 x 8 cm . mixed media





Health
24 x 28 x 6 cm . mixed media





Work
33 x 27 x 10 cm . mixed media





Blindness
40 x 29 x 12 cm . mixed media





Councelor
41 x 28 x 11 cm . mixed media





Childhood
17 x 18 x 7 cm . mixed media





Vulnerability
44 x 15 x 18 cm . mixed media





Saint Peter - Against Criminals
35 cm heigh . mixed media





Saint Gregorio Hernandez - Protector of Sick People
38 cm heigh . mixed media





Saint Francis - Protector of Animals
35 cm heigh . mixed media





Saint Joseph - Protector of Expectant Women and Dying People
35 cm heigh . mixed media





Guadalupe - Protector of Unborn Children
40 cm heigh . mixed media





Maria Magdalena - Protector of Prostitutes
33 cm heigh . mixed media





Saint Pig
30 cm heigh . mixed media





Saint Bull
36 cm heigh . mixed media





Prayer
18 cm heigh . mixed media





Vatican - Religious Machine
245 x 30 x 30 cm . mixed media





Ex-Voto - Thanks for the people liberated from Kidnapping
105 x 47 x 19 cm . mixed media





Shaman - Protector
201 x 30 x 30 cm . mixed media





Slave Ship
195 x 30 x 56 cm . mixed media