Allegories of Through: Abisal and Tejedora
Karla Desentis Rodriguez's MFA Defence
Friday, September 24, 2021 | 7:00 PM | Zoom
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Allegories of through: Abisal and Tejedora is a dual, side by side installation based on the analysis of two frames for thinking identity, the Abyssal frame and the Nahua ́s frame. The first installation, Abisal, pulls inspiration from sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santo ́s concept of the abyssal line, which operates within the Modern/Colonial world to artificially divide the human from the subhuman. The piece uses found material objects (glass door and mirror) and projections to create an immersive apparatus of light and movement that functions as a potential choreographic device. The second installation, Tejedora, is inspired by the Nahua ́s concept of teotl, which is the dynamic principle of an eternally self – generating and self regenerating sacred power, energy or force. The installation encompasses movement, spatial design and video projection. The video loops an action involving the unrolling of sheets of paper, creating multiple lines of paper and a body in movement.