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Burka, 2002
Fabrics, metallized and thermo-lacquered iron, painted MDF stage, steel cables, polyurethane, electric system, motor, timer

670 x 600 x 500 cm

Collection MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León

A body composed of several layers of fabrics, inspired by a Portuguese regional costume - the seven skirts of Nazaré - is topped by one last layer: the burka, a garment of Islamic tradition designed to cover the feminine silhouette entirely. This body is repeatedly hoisted up and then dropped abruptly on a stage - like the movements of a guillotine or of a person sentenced to hanging-, adding a dramatic sense to the unlikely conciliation between religious and popular traditions of widely diverse origins. Burka reveals the woman at the epicentre of a permanent, dramatic and violent movement whose causes will certainly not be exclusive to a geographic or religious specificity.

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