MONICA FERRERAS DE LA MAZA

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  2. “Body, soul and spirit” shows the situation of neurosis and quasi-autism in which many persons find themselves these day, specially in the West. It is also a work that reflects on the C. Jung’s premise about the danger that underlies when a person got caught in a full identification of one component of the unconscious or conscious mind.
    For this video, I took as a starting point the trinity concept of body, soul and spirit as the composition of the whole. Three women that could well be the same person, each one representing one of those aspects. Each one carries out a representative activity with dedication possible until the point of obsession. The women show a lack of communication between themselves, and even worse, they do not seem to take notice of the others, although they share the same space. They travel around without making any sense, arriving by inertia to the other women’s spaces.
    There is a common place for them: the sofa where they hold a mirror. This space is supposed to be a stopping point for reflection, but they just do not get it, their apathy and polarization impede connectivity. In the end, by living in that extreme unconscious state the person gets caught up by neurosis.
    I wanted to reflect the superficial and immediate understanding that we have of our human nature. I think that we western people have a tendency to look for superficial and external solutions to our problems, this has led us to a deeper state of neurosis and sadness because these superficial “solutions” give us only an initial state of euphoria. By the time the fever is gone, and the soothing effect passed away, the sense of coming apart as an individual increase as the routine of disconnection between the parts continues.

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  3. Concept: The creation of “Pardon me, I would like to dream” is based on a series of archetypal drawings of famous characters which themselves, were based on the drawings of a 13 year-old. Viewing this series from another perspective I decided to explore transporting them to video format. The adolescent drawings made evident how from an early age we form archetypes in our mind and project this upon ourselves. The video explores how children who, due to circumstance, see the possibility of such archetypes slowly escape the realm of the feasible or assimilate the fact that they will never be.

    The filming of working street children (car window washers) allowed for an expansion of this question to the extreme. Their voices cannot be heard, as in real life, only read. The power of the video resides in the answers given. Their spontaneity obliges us to reflect on this not uncommon situation.

    Description: The video is conducted as a casting, one by one they face the camera, say their name and show both side profiles, with their usual clothes and no makeup, a well to do street is the background. Their voices are not heard but transcribed in small size text so as to difficult reading. The backdrop is the sound of street sounds, advertisements, political slogans and meringues which reinforce the children’s discourses through irony or similarity.

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  4. Concept: The creation of “Pardon me, I would like to dream” is based on a series of archetypal drawings of famous characters which themselves, were based on the drawings of a 13 year-old. Viewing this series from another perspective I decided to explore transporting them to video format. The adolescent drawings made evident how from an early age we form archetypes in our mind and project this upon ourselves. The video explores how children who, due to circumstance, see the possibility of such archetypes slowly escape the realm of the feasible or assimilate the fact that they will never be.

    The filming of working street children (car window washers) allowed for an expansion of this question to the extreme. Their voices cannot be heard, as in real life, only read. The power of the video resides in the answers given. Their spontaneity obliges us to reflect on this not uncommon situation.

    Description: The video is conducted as a casting, one by one they face the camera, say their name and show both side profiles, with their usual clothes and no makeup, a well to do street is the background. Their voices are not heard but transcribed in small size text so as to difficult reading. The backdrop is the sound of street sounds, advertisements, political slogans and meringues which reinforce the children’s discourses through irony or similarity.

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MONICA FERRERAS DE LA MAZA

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Videoart created by Monica Ferreras De la Maza. A contemporary visual artist from Dominican republic

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