No Beginning or End
“A rhizome has no beginning or end; it is always in the middle, between things, interbeing, intermezzo. The tree is filiation, but the rhizome is alliance, uniquely alliance.”
– Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari
These pieces are inspired by a Spanish handmade lace commonly known as ‘Tenerife lace’, a textile initially introduced to several settlements in colonial South America. Over time, the technique was reproduced and taught across generations, to be modified in the hands of local weavers and acquire its own identity.
I interpret the rhizome as a symbol of cultural resistance, given its conspicuous multiplicity and simultaneity. For me, it represents a silent yet powerful force that, thanks to its net-like structure and lack of a single identifiable core, can defy and oppose a greater force. In this case, the rhizome opposes the hegemonic power. [Read full text]