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"A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world" (John Le Carré)
PILAR BONET

Is going to try, once again. Writing about art and culture from the critical, organising production through curatorship or sharing knowledge about teaching are the working registers that enable Pilar Bonet to think about the political factors of artistic production and its social responsibility. Somewhat less glamorous than a professorship, than a certificate of excellence, or a prize, but something that in the end occupies a critical amount of time, with little return. She received the best applause from her friends, many of them artists, for making a paella for them all. She’s going to try and do it, once again.

28 December 2012

Not one person budged from their seat in the screening of the feature film documentary, Las Muertes Chiquitas. that Mireia Sallarès made in Mexico. A piece that lasts a little over four hours, condensing such depth that it is impossible not to notice the breathing of the more than thirty women interviewed, taking it in turn to speak. The European premiere was at Can Xalant in Mataró, as part of a workshop that the artist carried out with a group of women from the district. And I can assure you that on that occasion not one person moved from their seat while watching the documentary, it was just impossible to resist the magnetism of the brilliance of the women’s pupils as they talked to us.

This audio-visual piece forms part of a broader project that the artist has made over several years in Mexico, and is called Las Muertes Chiquitas in reference to female orgasms. The work interweaves the voices of more than 30 women from different zones in the country; women of different ages, social strata, professions and religions. For many minutes, that aren´t eternal so much as intense, the women talk about their experience of sex, death, love, the family, orgasms, guerrillas and prostitution, as if in conversation with each and every one of us.

It is undoubtedly an excellent piece and a highly recomended visit. Mireia Sallarès offers us a time of emotions and experiences that pick up the threads of the catchphrase, the body of the woman is a battled field, that the personal is political. With the documentary, and also in the book published about the same experience, (Mireia Sallarès. Las Muertes Chiquitas. Barcelona, Blume, 2009),we can continue to reflect upon the political condition of being a woman, from pleasure to the armed struggle, transexuality, prostitution, illness, exile, the theology of liberation, feminicide and ethical commitment.

Though at the moment we can´t see the entirety of this feature film, there is the possibility to watch a trailer and sense the impossibility of moving from your seat while sharing this chat between women. There are times when I would like to be the director of a large contemporary art museum and be able to invite an artist like Mireia Sallarès. Strong and fragile, all at once.


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