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María Magdalena Campos-Pons

Not Just Another Day


This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Not Just Another Day deepens Campos-Pons' investigation into the process of meeting, questioning, and extolling the Black body. The image inserts an ancestral line in which contradictions, declarations, and uncertainties are inscribed in turn. While the homeland can be sacred territory, it also refers to shackles, the search for identity in a global context that implies the impossibility of managing the body or the idea of a fixed identity. The textuality of the image and the rapid movement in the video embody the fragility of the concept. Today is not just another day. Campos-Pons silently suggests, and she continues her quest. - Odette Cassamayor-Cisneros

Curated by Alejandro De La Fuente


Queloides: Race & Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art, October 15, 2010 - February 27, 2011
About The Artist

María Magdalena Campos-Pons studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and received a Master's degree from the Massachusetts College of Art. She currently lives in Boston, where she is on the faculty of the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Her work explores the intersection of art and autobiography through photography and installation, and she investigates themes of memory, matriarchy, domestic labor, race, femininity, and heritage to make her personal stories resonate. Her art is informed by her experience as a woman of African descent born in Cuba and currently living in the U.S.

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