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12.02.2020

#56: Chimera

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 January 2020.

The image of the Chimera comes originally from the Medieval latin name of a mythical fire-breathing creature with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a dragon’s tail. As a word it has also evolved to contain the image of any fantastic creature with fragments from different animals, and furthermore, anything composed of very disparate parts. In the study of Genetics it means an organism with genetically distinct cells originating from two or more zygotes. This figure of a composed entity embodies the intersection of the multiples within our contemporary times, and talks about a certain state of monstruocity that ecompases difference and integration. This integration is often not moral or pure, it contains the different idiosyncrasies of life itself.

As a collaborative project we are interested in the metaphoric qualities of the chimera and the way it gives us access to the simple form of unity where all things affect each other and contaminate their essence. It is a constant process that melts both logical and conscious research with banal and unconscious serendipity. Therefore, any cohabitation becomes a chimera, a container that can be inclusive of both critical thinking and affective experience. All that we each consumes becomes integrated into our own constellation of parts. It includes the more apparent forms of education such as texts and conversation plus all the miniscule forms of recollection, including internet, memes, tattoos, albures and all aspects of everyday life. 

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