Mercedes Azpilicueta – Bestiary of Tonguelets | Processing Process
|not yet published
Using local obsolete knowledge systems, “neobarroso” poems, failed translations, and ambiguous ingredients, Bestiario de Lengü itas stages a choir of grotesque characters who try to maintain chaos and excess in a world calling for order, efficiency and transparency. Artist Mercedes Azpilicueta pays a tribute to “proto-scientific” knowledge primarily disseminated among women—such as midwives and witches—before religion, capitalism and modern medicine silenced them. The uncanny contaminations that occur between plants and bodies were fed by several encounters in the streets of Paris, the Botanical garden of Madrid and the magical forests of Bolzano, thus generating—via storytelling, fables and the reactivation ofancient rituals—a new embodied cartography of knowledge that transpires through scripts, drawings, and artworks.
|252 p, ills colour, 14 x 21 cm, pb, English