jorge satorre

Jorge Satorre, The erratic. Measuring compensation, 2009

Jorge Satorre, The erratic. Measuring compensation, 2009, preparatory drawing.
Courtesy of the artist

In the summer of 2009, in the Netherlands, Jorge Satorre (Mexico) searched for, and eventually located, a large erratic block: one of those enormous boulders shifted by glaciers from Scandinavia to the Netherlands during the last Ice Age. Satorre returned the boulder to Scandinavia, its place of origin. Satorre’s project refers to the changes on the Dutch landscape over time – once as a consequence of massive geomorphologic processes, and over the past centuries primarily as a result of human intervention. In addition, Satorre aims to offer a critique of the way in which we deal with our landscape. In the case of Maasvlakte 2, for example, the project’s environmental consequences are compensated for via the development of a nature reserve.
Besides the fact that the boulder originated in Scandinavia, there is another connection with these northern countries: the hard seawall on the north-western rim of Maasvlakte 2 is constructed from rocks from Scandinavia.
The artist reports on the events by means of pencil drawings, similar to the storyboard of a film in which both factual and imagined details are shown. A drawing of an imagined protest at the start of the boulder’s journey back to Scandinavia was erected as a billboard on the edge of Maasvlakte in the autumn of 2009.

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Jorge Satorre (1979, Mexico) seeks out historic moments, forgotten stories and events and adds his personal experience to them. With his drawings, the artist can be said to create new myths in which fact and fiction are interwoven. In 2009, Satorre worked on Piaxtla Indicaria. Piaxtla is a small town in Puebla, Mexico, that is in threat of disappearing because the residents are migrating to the US. The constant relocations mean that now that the young people are moving out, the existing agriculture and elderly residents are more or less abandoned. The people who stay behind are dependent on the money sent by their family members abroad. Satorre was employed for 1.5 months by the community of Piaxtla to record the residents’ memories, the events, the surrounding landscape, the family stories, legends, etc. in order to collect the individual memories of a town on the verge of disappearing. The second part of the project will involve following the route taken by the first Piaxtla immigrant to the US in November 1953, from Piaxtla to Greenwich, Connecticut. The trip will serve as a metaphor for the search for the American Dream and to find and draw potential locations for the filming of an imaginary remake of the film Two Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman, 1971).