By way of introduction to the exhibition And if I devoted my life to one of its feathers?, curator Miguel A. López talks about the content that provided the starting point for the exhibition and how it subsequently evolved, given that it had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He highlights the connections between the works on show and the many diverse issues they address, and how they affect us all in our lives together as a community. Artist Daniela Ortiz, who is showing two of her works at the exhibition, talks to Miguel A. López about her artistic and activist practice and will present her new work commissioned especially for the exhibition: Papa, with P for Patriarchy (2020), a hand-drawn children’s book about a father who is a hero – but a hero of the patriarchy. The story explores the legal mechanisms underpinning racist and patriarchal abuse and violence. Ortiz looks at psychological oppression and its manifestations as economic, mental, physical or emotional confinement, particularly in the life experience of single mothers, a situation further exacerbated by the social quarantine imposed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Miguel A. López and Daniela Ortiz