Julia Barbosa Landois: Frozen In The Permanent Memoria

Sala Diaz

December 4, 2015 6:00 pm - December 4, 2015 9:00 pm

The exhibition’s title, Frozen in the Permanent Memorial, is a reference to Freud’s flawed yet poetically described theory of fetish development. Here it relates to a particular phenomenon in Catholic culture in which ritualized reverence is transferred to the materials of worship—purple velvet, polished marble, the smell of warm wax— to the point that the mere presence of these signifiers invoke a visceral reaction. Exclusion or misinterpretation of the lived experience of women in Freud’s writings and Catholic doctrine are rampant, and both fetishize body parts to the point of dismemberment. A kindred artistic sensibility is found in Jean Genet’s novel Our Lady of the Flowers in which communion—receiving the body of another into one’s own—is simultaneously described in the holiest and raunchiest of contexts. This subtext, an unending oscillation between the abject and the exalted, drives both the sculptural and video works in the exhibition. The near naked body of a deity can do all kinds of things besides suffer, and a virginal vessel can burst with the bloody wet mess of sex, menstruation, miscarriage, abortion and childbirth.- Julia Barbosa Landois