Marginalia - Mexico

María Sosa

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#46: To Face the Monster of the Past

Every month Marginalia invites an artist, curator or project to provide a series of images that will serve as the background of Terremoto, in relation to their practice and current interests. At the end of each month, the whole series of images is unveiled. Here is the selection of March of 2019.

My search for the past does not belong to that beautiful and immediate nostalgia that idealizes the times and their societies, nor does it belong to the project of creating a glorious identity that’s always competing with other identities.

My search for the past comes from enclorsing; a result of the embodied violence in this Western ethos that devours more than it builds. This ethos comes from the drought produced by the repetition of thoughts and words from other people’s contexts, it comes from the boredom of those others who seek to dictate and determine the value of things in order to extend their domain.

My search for the past is a search for freedom, in the sense of tracking down the thoughts imposed and deciding whether or not I want to perpetuate them.

My search for the pre-Hispanic past is a search to find alternative perspectives that can respond to our modern problems.

Great and historical have been the campaigns of invisibilization and extermination of the diversities of being and staying in the world. The war for the supremacy of thought is carried out daily, in a silent and seductive way, in the form of privileges, comforts and benefits; in a spectacular and indoctrinating way, in the form of physical, sexual and psychological violence; in multiply ways as a result of the mating of the above.

Due to these campaigns history became boring and knowledge exclusive. To these campaigns we owe racism, sexism and speciesism. To it we also owe despair. It is because of this campaigns that decolonial thinking results in a “trend”, discredited without much effort.

That is why we must talk about colonization, we must face this monster of the past directly, confront it and, terrifyingly, see our reflection in its eyes, our own eyes. If we analyze this monster, if we corner it with the greatest possible knowledge, we can probably build a new present that emanates from an informed freedom, and no longer from denial or oblivion. If we battle it from our terrain, from our flesh, maybe then an alternate future is possible.


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