From Within The Abyssal Lockdown, Another Vengeance Is Possible
Words by Diego Argote
July 5, 2021
This is a self-portrait project registered in video that dialogues in a hybrid and diptych-like way between the photographs, scenes in motion and written pieces that were made during the lockdown, a consequence of the disastrous, wearisome, contemporary pandemic time. In the piece, the body sprouts as the main support, it is a body under an intense violence at the hands of the power, reencountering with violations that still torment the personal and collective memory. The work talks from seismic questions that bring movement. This way the artist, with a queer, marginal, and of mixed techniques gazes, questions and dislocates, determined, the signs and meanings that contain the order and fatherland (in reference to the motto of Carabineros de Chile, the Chilean state pólice). Additionally, it questions and dislocates the figure of the State that completely ignores the tears and the wounds.
About The Artist
"My artistic work is characterized by addressing the notion of identity from a critical, queer and memory-infused perspective. My visual practice is defined by dealing with poetic and disobedient representations, using the body as support. Likewise, I interweave biographical and autobiographical notions, revising their political, social, and cultural implications from a HIV-positive, transfeminist, and divergent perspective, in the Chilean territory as well as in the rest of Latin America. In general, my work is elaborated starting with photography, installation, archive, writing and video. My aim is to cause discomfort and, at the same time, make memories and wounds visible and worthy of respect. Also, I research the approximations and discrepancies of the otherness. My motivations pass through the same oblique desire of generating multiple artistic possibilities that generate affective, critical, and political dialogues with the viewer."
- Diego Argote