‘Ikigai. Fireflies’ Anatomy

DETAIL OF WORK
Romina Rivero by DA

Gaze through other eyes, beautify the pain

As Nerea Ubieto details in the text that accompanies the exhibition, “with a remarkable aesthetic sensibility, Romina Rivero brings us into her particular symbolic universe in which, in an exquisite but forceful way, she is capable of transferring us from the overwhelming socio-political reality to breathe and spiritual calm. In its process, it never hides, but rather elevates and dignifies: it undertakes the task of beautifying pain by letting the bodies express their true essence”.

TATEMAE (IN PUBLIC), 2021 BLONDA, THREAD AND CHROME CERAMIC IN GOLD COLOR
IKIGAI, 2021 WOOD, METALLIC WIRE AND SILVER CHROME CERAMIC

We are the space we inhabit

“Undertaking lines of flight is going beyond our own territory,” says Ubieto, “but it also means knowing how to redirect what does not interest us, break roots and create new connections. The rhizome can be interrupted, but it continues to grow by any of its parts. Rivero’s bodies are on the run: looking for other favorable portions of land, expanding their territory and communicating with other bodies as a natural movement, typical of the human being. Interdependence is the key to a network of corporealities that nurture each other and can also be found in their pain. In this sense, multiple ties are established with the reflections of Judith Butler, a philosopher concerned with the suffering of bodies, whom she understands as “instances entangled in a web of social relations that allow everything that, in her words, makes life is worth it: friendship, passion, desire”.

ANATOMY OF THE FIREFLIES, 2021 "AWAGAMI KOZO" PAPER, FABRIC, NATURAL SILK, GRAPHITE AND METALLIC THREAD
GOLDEN FLOWER, 2021 PAPER, BLONDA, INK AND METALLIC THREAD

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