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Samuel Sarmiento, Pactos pampianos, 2019, mixed media on paper, 36x26cm
Pactos Pampianos or Covenants of La Pampa is a work Sarmiento created during an artist residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While he was there, he became interested in the local deities and legends, especially the cultural symbol of the Gaucho (a skilled horseman and national symbol that stands for strength, braveness, and wilderness).
In this work, Sarmiento combines the Argentinian folklore with other cultural deities from the wilderness and rural areas such as La Pampa and the Venezuelan savannas, that are meant to help people in moments of sorrow and need.
The work also explores the more human side of the Gaucho. A hard man has feelings and is sensitive while being able to fend for himself against nature and harsh circumstances.