“Decoloniality is at once the unveiling of the wound and the possibility of healing. It makes the wound visible, tangible; it voices the scream.”
– Walter Mignolo / Rolando Vázquez
Cultural Wounds refer to the trauma inflicted in society by centuries of physical and symbolic violence. They are caused by the narratives fabricated to legitimize colonial power, which involved categorizations among races and genders, and the brutal suppression of systems of belief that differ from European canons.
In this context, the works from the series respond to the concept of the politicization of the body, the individual marked by marginalization, subalternity, and invisibilization. The decorative patterns are inspired by handmade lace from the Renaissance period, a fashion accoutrement related to status and refinement, and in vogue concurrently with brutal colonial expansion of European empires. [Read full text]