by Florencia Alvarado
Through a noticeable metaphorical correspondence between body and paper, Raw/Cut reveals the symbolic operations through which the “problematic” element is covered and natural integrity is compromised to make way for political correctness.
From the female nipple’s sexualization to its dignified invisibility, we attend a series of maneuvers –almost all of them aggressive– that Alvarado has managed to translate consciously using the the critical resource of collage. Any cut is strangeness, intrusion, assault, schism. A sense of drama regarding loss and wholeness and, regarding fragility, seem to surge from the intervened or removed surface, from that absence itself.