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Performance video: Molecular Love (Mestizo) Act 3 by Mercedes Azpilicueta

  • Nov 06, 2021


Performers: Deva Schubert & Nagao Akemi

Times Art Center Berlin presents the performance video of Molecular Love (Mestizo) Act 3 by the artist Mercedes Azpilicueta on the occasion of the exhibition Más Allá, el Mar Canta (Beyond, the Sea Sings) – Diasporic Intimacies and Labor.

“Molecular Love (Mestizo) Act 3” by Mercedes Azpilicueta, performers: Deva Schubert, Nagao Akemi. Courtesy of the artist and performers. Video: Tom Janson.

Molecular Love is a long-term project by the Argentinian artist that began in 2016 at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. It traces an evolving score written by the artist and materialized into a performative installation. Since the beginning (Act 1), the score has been fed by several shifting collaborations and rehearsals with dancers and singers. The third act of Molecular Love (a Mestizo act) continues to define and shape its multiple body fed by migrating organic matter, taking the work of Argentinian philosopher Maria Lugones (1944-2020) on multiplicity and mestizaje as a starting point.

Más Allá, el Mar Canta aims to explore narratives of migration from China to Central America and the Caribbean as a starting point to consider systems of kinship and ontologies of intimacy. The artists’ work in the exhibition speaks from the conundrum of diasporic subjectivities, powered by either personal explorations or by collective motifs whose common ground is the always poignant reminder that there is no political imagination without community. The artworks in the exhibition are a unique testimony of an alchemic procedure that invokes agency from within the ruins of coloniality.