The paintings in STELLAR address a tragic event that occurred on a deserted island off the coast of Peru. On the island, the maximum-security prison housed political prisoners which acquired historical significance after a violent event.
The only remains of the massacre are the bullet holes in the walls of the cells. Today, the ruins sit proudly under the stars, rather irresistible in their decay. This is what Giancarlo Scaglia’s paintings address, drawing a comparison between constellations and the massacre. After a period of three years of in-situ investigation on El Frontón Island, what started out as a study of the natural landscape became a visual arts study of the passage of time on man’s actions in what could today be considered contemporary ruins.
Scaglia’s work questions modernist definitions of art and recontextualizes armed conflicts in Peru.