Maria José Arjona

 

Born 1973 in Santa Fe de Bogotá, Columbia

 

The "body" is not a word and can't be defined as one. It is, if we want to identify it, the expression of all the definitions contained in all words.

 

This phrase could actually explain the "White Series" as well as mac recent work, in its most complex implications in relationship with the body and its inference regarding language. This unit, the "White Series", is a play of words which implies a different way of understanding language to better release the expression or expressive force of the body from single definitions. What I want to state with this, is the universal meaning of the body itself and the need to free words from specific delineations in order to be free physically. The body as the space from where we experience life, functions and happens in terms of actions and reactions; every process that takes place in the body, including rational practices, is a result not of a definition but of the assimilation of stimuli, which in return is the intersection of different phenomena. Language as we use it, cages that experience as it expresses verbally or written that same experience; words have become segments composing the line that further on will create the limit which circumscribes and addresses certain characteristics, attaching and attracting with these definitions, individuals who think and feel that those descriptions communicate what they are and what they believe within the same boundary (a save place). 

 

The body, in opposition to this system and ironically living in it, talks trough organs, plays with images, sounds, smells, textures, blends everything, reacts, absorbs and transpires, giving as result fluids, which are not singular on their composition but bundles of bodily experiences. These fluids in a metaphoric way are all the possible meanings and forces of single particles as it is the body.

 

 


Maria José Arjona, AFFIRMATIONS #1, 2010, 5 Ft 4 x 17 inches, C-Print on wooden frame

Maria José Arjona, AFFIRMATIONS (detail), 2010

Maria José Arjona, AFFIRMATIONS #2, 2010, 5 Ft 4 x 17 inches, C-Print on wooden frame

Maria José Arjona, AFFIRMATIONS (detail), 2010

Maria José Arjona, AFFIRMATIONS #4, 2010, Video from the 'hugging process' of the performance, projected on a screen made out of the plastic pillow from the performance

Maria José Arjona, YES TABLE, 2010, Video from documentation 1:35 min loop, Yes drawing from Performance 19 x 24 inches, Edition of one, Wooden table with plexiglass cover 50 x 36 inches, 1 LCD monitor + DVD player