women sustain the pandemic

Women sustain the pandemic
Digital Photography

Textile Sculptures 2021 Series: "Where there is no food, there is no life"
#WomenSustainThePandemic > #hijadelacoca

Under visual sovereignty, we can also generate images of what it means to self-represent other bodies, humanizing them into objects, to construct them more imaginatively from our own cultural, everyday, and domestic cosmogony. I allow myself to use the visual as a way to explain a non-verbalized event.
Women sustain the pandemic with domestic labor, unpaid labor maximized to grueling and endless hours of work in the pandemic COVID-19. We mothers and non-mothers care for and feed our families in the kitchen, a space typically associated with the feminine. The subject-object relationship goes beyond functional use, utensils are cared for and protected from a maternal position, as an extension of our own position, with which we feed ourselves, they become an important part of the family.
I highlight this event in everyday life in the same way as when I intervene in a photograph with embroidery. I detach it from its surroundings, wrapping it in fibers and adding surreal elements that show, in this case, the value of the food, who prepares it, and how they relate to each other. Women sustain the pandemic, because where there is no food, there is no life. 

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Women sustain the pandemic > hijadelacoca 

As mothers, daughters, and sisters, mothers shoulder the responsibility of taking care of family members and working in domestic spaces in the home, kitchen, and other places associated with motherhood and maternity. Hija reveals the social divide between how women are portrayed as individuals whose places are merely within the confines of the home, their marriage, and motherhood, and their roles as domestic free labours. The subject-object relationship in Hija’s textile works goes beyond the utility function of the objects themselves, acting as an extension of women’s maternal position in society–to protect, feed, and care for the entire family. (Han, 2022).



Hijadelacoca, Series: Women Sustain the Pandemic, 2021. Textile sculpture.

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