To Be Born By Weaving

The show To Be Born By Weaving is build around the act of weaving as a metaphor for integrating different identity paradigms. The show makes use of clothing to hint subjects that emerge from the combination of elements of different origin. The apparent contradictions on the mestizo/metis identity are born from the idea of self-excluding identities which are organized into a specific hierarchy with historical justifications. Identities born from multiple cultural marks are difficult to admit under the European cartesian logic and discourses of cultural/racial purity. Societies along the Americas tend to organize these identities* or reproduce aspirational narratives that conduct to self-occidentalization or white washing**. In this sense the installation To Be Born By Weaving shows not only a mixed clothing but integrates marks which are commonly presented in confrontation when seen together. 

The show suggest identities but negates to define a unique combination of cultural marks.   Moreover, To Be Born By Weaving is a group of reflections about identities under construction. Such reflections recognize the existence of the dominant hierarchization aforementioned, and in the same way, they try to escape the epistemological rigidness by re-organize themselves in organic ways. In that sense, the show utilizes known symbols but also creates new ones, achieving an aesthetic conversation between known cultural marks, contemporary art and new ways to express an aesthetic mestizaje.

*In the case of Canada, metis people (indigenous and settler descendants) are classified as an indigenous group. Through this mechanism the mixing is invisibilized, and the potential of metis people to create dialogues between settlers and indigenous is sanitized.

**In the case of Latin America, the mestizo are made by larger groups of people with mixed ancestry. While mixing cannot be negated, the dominant narrative organizes cultural marks around a chronological hierarchy where certain identities belong to a static past and should be abandoned while other ones should be embraced as a requirement for economical and cultural progress. Such hierarchy potentiates narratives where the hispanization, white-washing or europeanism are silently welcomed.

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