The Extraction Before Us

2021
Dispenser: 130 x 35 x 35
Hand lotion, smell, latex, clay, plastics



This installation is a study in thinking about an ejaculation (male?) as an extraction of material.

The extracted matter (fluid or dust) is thought of as potentiality (like minerals or oil) they have no value on their own / they must undergo a process to become commodity (cement or gasoline). Raw substances that belong to the stars as much as they belong to us. We rely on kinship, nations, morality, religion, and politics to claim these substances ours (whether we are talking about sand or about a fetus).

More practically the installation consist of: automatic dispensers, hanging clay lumps inside of latex containers, and a video.
1. The dispensers are loaded with hand cream that smells of multiple toiletries. Toothpastes, shampoos, sunscreens, deodorants, etc... contain hormonally-charged-chemicals that confuse your endocrine system to stop producing hormones of its own, slowly making us more infertile. From this everyday gesture of moisturizing the skin, the object asks: what does it mean to be fertile in a world that is constantly being made toxic?

<The smell was made in collaboration with Elia Chiche, a perfumist and smell designer based in Paris.>

2. The clay lumps are alluding towards a feral ecology between man-made toxicities and organic matter; they are seeds, fruits, hatching creatures and testicles, all at once.

3. The video follows the changing landscape of the coastal region of Oaxaca; mostly due to gentrification and the selling of land. I focused the camera on the wilderness of the area and the contradictions or frictions that erode from building in such climate. The film is overlapped with the voice of Goyo, a construction chief who was responsible for the construction of my grandfather’s hospital. Before I was born, he orchestrated the demolition of a house in order to make room to erect a hospital, and give my grandfather the space to practice as a doctor.

https://vimeo.com/629258200