Manila Galleon Trade: Past describes Present > El Conquistadork

El Conquistadork: Mapa del Routas
El Conquistadork: Mapa del Routas
Watercolor and ink on paper
7' x 16'

A Manila galleon made primarily of Manila file folders was successfully sailed by the artist in Tomales Bay, California to commemorate the famed trade route of 1565 through 1815 between Mexico City, Manila, and California. Based on one of the first intercontinental trade routes, the performance and installation is a humorous critique on contemporary and historic issues of colonialism and cultural exchange.

This mural-sized watercolor depicts the Manila Galleon trade route and significant ports and fortresses.

Photo: MCASD, Pablo Mason