Oswaldo Maciá work about

Garlic Soap
Smell sculpture

This sculpture is a bar of soap made of garlic oil presented on a ceramic dish. Garlic has long been believed across many cultures to possess special qualities - it is said to be able to clean the blood, to ward off vampires and to keep common colds at bay. Maciá is interested in the power-relations involved in cleansing, asking who has the right to clean others. ‘Garlic Soap’ reflects on the languages, peoples and beliefs that have been eradicated in the name of cleaning.

Presented at:
10th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2015)
The Scent of Art at Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland (2015) Ideal Standard Summertime at Lisson Gallery, London, UK (1995) Goldsmiths College, Masters Exhibition, London, UK (1994)