Gabo & Luis Camnitzer

Himno Internacional (International Anthem)
Video documentation of performance

”Himno Internacional (International Anthem)” is a sound artwork comprised of a collage of fragments of all the national anthems of the world, arranged in English alphabetical order. In the work, the utopian idea of a composition that unites citizens is deconstructed through a process of less visible chauvinism. Instead of using geography, divisions of nation-states, symbols such as flags and pictures of football teams, this chauvinism happens to be within the diversity of languages, preventing a presumed unification. In the edited composition, the sound transcends linguistic fragmentation and allows universal international access. In 2017, ”Himno Internacional (International Anthem)” was performed by the National Navy orchestra in Montevideo. In the video documentation, the impossibility of performing a perfect score is made visible, underlining the fact that global unity needs more than harmony.

Gabo Camnitzer is an artist and educator based in New York, USA. He is Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Art at Columbia University and has presented projects at GfZK, Leipzig, Artists Space, New York; Exit Art, New York; Bonniers Konsthall, amongst others. Camnitzer attended the Whitney Independent Study Program 2017-18. Luis Camnitzer, is a Uruguayan who lives in U.S.A. since 1964. He is a Professor Emeritus of Art, State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. He received a Guggenheim fellowship for printmaking in 1961 and for visual arts in 1982 and represented Uruguay in the Venice Biennial 1988. ”Himno Internacional (International Anthem)”  is the first collaboration between the two Camnitzers.

Part of the Choreomania programme