Monday, July 4, 2016

Dark secret, 2016

This project is the second presentation of the piece Trapos sucios that took place in Spain in 2015. Here is the background on it. Nect presentation in Toronto.





When we use the expression “Trapos sucios” in Spanish it relates in one hand to dirty clothes and in the other to secrets…secrets that you do not want anybody to know. The first presentation of this piece in Spain denounce the 1289 rapes that take place in the country every year and that have been communicated to the police and certified for a doctor. The experts believe that they are much more and that this number do not reflect the reality.
The silence of all the women that for different reasons (shame, guilt, pain, fear…) could not make a complaint is broken by the ones that can make it. Al over the world this negligible actions take place without a real outcry, hidden under the wait of hundreds of years of patriarchy.
Trapos sucios bring to the streets the secret keep in our societies, the secret of a terrible violence against women through the act of the rape. Trapos sucios take the streets to demand to the society to deal with this old and terrible form of violence, to be more aware of this serious problem and more action from our goverments to end once for all with this horrible practice.






Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cuando claman los cristales 2016












Cuando claman los cristales
Citizen participation has a lot to do with the ways we understand democracy and culture. Participation is much more than to vote periodically. It involves to create ways to allow the citizens to have a say in what is going on in their society allowing some empowerment. Once empowerment begins to grow we realize that we do have actually a voice and that we can change the things that happen around us.
This piece is a metaphor to that power we have, transparent but strong.

La participación ciudadana tiene mucho que ver con las formas en que entendamos la democracia y la cultura. Más allá del concepto simplista de votación cada cuatro años, la democracia implica un entramado estructural que permita el acceso de la ciudadanía a estructuras que permitan su empoderamiento. A medida que desarrollemos esta sensación de empoderamiento llegamos a la conclusión lógica de que nuestros pensamientos e ideas son de interés para los demás y que a través de ciertos mecanismos podríamos llevarlas a cabo. El sistema actual de democracia carece de esta estructura y se ha ido deformando para alimentar a una oligarquía arcaica y avariciosa que pone en peligro la mismísima existencia de la vida en nuestro planeta.
Si bien esto parece descaradamente lógico lo cierto es que las clases oligárquicas han negado esta posibilidad fomentando la creación de la idea de que sólo ellos están preparados para la labor de gobernar utilizando el rancio discurso del miedo y aprovechando las estructuras implantadas a través de la religión por el monoteísmo un funcionamiento jerárquico obsoleto que suele derivar en comportamientos corruptos. En nuestro país con una carencia estructural de procedimientos democráticos, amplias estructuras religiosas y con vestigios de una dictadura de casi medio siglo este procedimiento de democratización pasa por crear de la nada.
 En esta pieza de intervención en el espacio público queremos durante quince minutos trasladar a la calle el clamor de lo frágil de lo transparente del cristal…la voz de un barrio que sonara, sensible y acompasada pero también potente y resilente invade todos los espacios.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hideouts/Escondites, 2015

This drawing on wall is a piece develop for the proyect "Under currents", done with markers, chinese ink and pencils. It connects ideas such as programming and software with cultural behaviors and stereotypes. The piece was elaborated after re-reading the book Fortunata y Jacinta (Perez Galdós), found in an old box passed to me by my parents when I moved back to the islands some years ago. The book had and has an strange fascination for me and it spoke to me in a vey different way now.
After this accidental encounter came about the project "Internal currents" where I explore emotions through the great story of the two women that star in the book.
Social conditioning and freedom are the big themes of this piece that talk to me about the many places where we hide to avoid social pressure and stereotypes.

Este dibujo en pared es parte del proyecto "Corrientes internas", realizado con rotualdores, tinta china y lápices. La pieza conecta ideas de programación y software con comportamientos culturales y estereotipos. La pieza fue creada tras la relectura del Libro de Pérez Galdós, Fortunata y jacinta que mis padres me entregaron en una cja tras mi vuelta  a las islas. Este libro me fascinó y me sigue fascinando y fue la inspiración para crear este proyecto donde se exploran las emociones a través de la historia de dos mujeres. Los condicionamientos sociales y la libertad son lo grandes temas de esta pieza que habla de los lugares donde nos escondemos para evitar la presión social y los esereotipos.
Presented at:
Casa Museo Pérez Galdós
Las Palmas, Spain







Thursday, December 3, 2015

Trapos sucios, 2015


When we use the expression “Trapos sucios” in Spanish it relates in one hand to dirty clothes and in the other to secrets…secrets that you do not want anybody to know. The first presentation of this piece in Spain denounce the 1289 rapes that take place in the country every year and that have been communicated to the police and certified for a doctor. The experts believe that they are much more and that this number do not reflect the reality.
The silence of all the women that for different reasons (shame, guilt, pain, fear…) could not make a complaint is broken by the ones that can make it. Al over the world this negligible actions take place without a real outcry, hidden under the wait of hundreds of years of patriarchy.
Trapos sucios bring to the streets the secret keep in our societies, the secret of a terrible violence against women through the act of the rape. Trapos sucios take the streets to demand to the society to deal with this old and terrible form of violence, to be more aware of this serious problem and more action from our goverments to end once for all with this horrible practice.

























Photos: Thomas P Proffe






Tradicionalmente se denominaban trapos sucios a aquellos eventos que se escondían, que se ocultaban, los trapos sucios era algo de lo que, por ejemplo una familia, no podía sentirse orgullosa. La pieza “Trapos Sucios” nos recuerda una de estas realidades de las que como sociedad no podemos sentirnos orgullosos, Trapos Sucios nos habla de las violaciones que ocurren anualmente en nuestro país. Una estadística escalofriante, mil doscientas ochenta y nueve mujeres fueron violadas en el 2013 (mucho mayor si se tiene en cuenta que sólo recoge violaciones con penetración y denunciadas).
El silencio de las voces que no se han podido alzar para denunciar este acto de violencia contra la sexualidad femenina es evocado en una pieza que llena el silencio de las miles de mujeres que en nuestro país sufren violaciones pero que por diferentes motivos, vergüenza, culpa, dolor, miedo no pueden denunciar…
La performance y la acción como ningún otro medio artístico contemporáneo es capaz de acercarse a temas tan difíciles como el que trabajamos de una forma tan completa y transversal que simultáneamente nos permita un acercamiento físico, emocional y político a la temática abriendo un espacio de debate y una puerta a la acción, al cambio…..






La pieza se llevó a cabo con la colaboración de cientos de mujeres que han donado sus bragas o su tiempo para denunciar la violencia ejercida sobre los cuerpos femeninos a través de su sexualidad, a todas ellas gracias y en especial gracias al apoyo de AVAM, Artemisia y Mujeres Libres 



Saturday, October 24, 2015

The king is dead, long live the king, 2015

This performance piece part of the project "The king is dead, long live the king" is a piece presented in Toronto at Arstcape. The piece questions our understandings about democracy, power and relationships between them and the econmy.









Photos Ilse Gudino
Thanks to the support of CAAM, Colectivo Torornto and 
Alucine Film and Video Festival

Dialogues with my baggage, 2015

This performance piece took place in Toronto during FADO Legs TOO, as part of the presentation of the piece"The king is dead long live to the king". The piece is a conversation with my personal history, with my experience as an immigrant and the evoution of my own life, from the years in which evrything I owned was in my bag to today, when my bagage contain just a part of my personal belongings. In the context of one of the most dramatic refugee crisis in European history Dialogues with my bagage explore the different meanings of a person baggage.







Facilitated by FADO Performance Art Center
Photo credit:Henry Chan
Thanks to the support of CAAM (Centro altlántico de Arte Moderno)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BLANCO Y NEGRO, 2015




BLACK, WHITE 
"First we must reach a stage of change. So we must recognize that in the philo-sophical us there is no classical Termi-peaceful coexistence of opposites vis a vis, but a violent hierarchy. One of the other two terms governs (axiologically logically etc.), or the-upper.
To deconstruct the opposition, first of all, we must cancel the hierarchy at any given time. For the conflict-operate-we forget the troubled structure and the subordination of the opposition. "
Derrida


In his theory of Derrida opósitos alert ejerciada deviation on the perception by the exist-ence of antagonistic terms, opposed language. What it should have been complementary antagonistic and / or hierarchical (male / female, old / young, love / hate ...) This perception leads to a vicious ten-er understanding. And in no area it is this reality so evident as in the binomial life / death.
How is it possible that in their respective definitions seem like one exclusion of the other and vice versa? Have you thought humans could isolate and conquer that way?
In this unexplored area of ​​the possible inclusion of opposing pairs we are particularly interested in the tour through a combination that considreamos essential and that is the binomial life / death. Today it is impossible to imagine life without their eventual disappearance, much as humans are em-Pène otherwise.
We propose an exploration of death and life concepts from a multidisciplinary perspective, creating such an installation. Mainly through video projections, some pictures and various objects will be reflected in our exploration of the gallery space, opening the specta-dor the opportunity to delve into these concepts, from a deconstructionist perspective