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Galería Lucía Dueñas

Armed to the teeth

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Video 2:51 min.

Verónica appeals directly to other women through the loudspeaker of her social networks, to the women around her, to artists, to other mothers, to other daughters. In a colloquial jargon typical of the medium, with that publicly the habitual need to feel protected when walking alone in the middle of nature or when returning home at night. Women all over the world feel that instinctive fear of constantly looming over the heavy shadow of sexual assault and often place some trust in some object that magically becomes a defensive weapon. A stone in his pocket, some keys wielded as a knife. Through hundreds of comments, the women who felt questioned responded from their experience, from the sadness of the daily life of these self-defense objects, diverse and in some unusual cases. Some of these objects have been deposited here as an archaeological vestige of the immediate present of women who, day after day, walk insecurely through the world.

The video creation piece "Armed to the Teeth" acts as a situational preamble to the entire exhibition, since it shows the attitude of empowerment that will run through each room. The projection, which occupies the main front end of the room in panoramic format, envelops and overwhelms us in equal parts. Here we find a hieratic Verónica Ruth Frías who assumes a disturbing position over the viewer, equipped with a double-barreled hunting shotgun and ready to shoot at any moment. The scene provokes a timeless and monotonous atmosphere, which is fostered by the static, frontal pose and the deafening landscape completely occupied by the monotonous stridular noise of the cicadas, which make us think of sweltering heat. It is paradoxical that the sound of the vulgar male cicadas comes from mundane intentions such as marking territory before their drivers or sexually attracting females. In the middle of that omnipresent and sonorous nature, Verónica takes aim and returns to a guard position; Plant your feet apart on the ground, try to maintain good body balance and keep your arms and trunk free for any necessary turn. Systematically, he takes aim and rearms on his guard. Everything seems to alert us to that uncertainty about the possibility of the shot, which somehow resonates in the viewer's mind. Plant your feet apart on the ground, try to maintain good body balance and keep your arms and trunk free for any necessary turn. Systematically, he takes aim and rearms on his guard. Everything seems to alert us to that uncertainty about the possibility of the shot, which somehow resonates in the viewer's mind. Plant your feet apart on the ground, try to maintain good body balance and keep your arms and trunk free for any necessary turn. Systematically, he takes aim and rearms on his guard. Everything seems to alert us to that uncertainty about the possibility of the shot, which somehow resonates in the viewer's mind.

Pedro Alarcon