Carne de mi carne: Entraña
As part of the 19th edition of the LOOP Festival, Diario de un cuerpo, we present the video narration Carne de mi carne: Entraña (2021) by the artist María Alcaide (Aracena, Andalusia, 1992).
The artist does not simply speak to us about flesh: she tells us about her flesh. From her own experience, from her past, present and future. She processes and digests the symbols and images of the context in which she was born and raised. A story through which she cuts and assembles her closest ties. Her relationship with her brother, her parents, and her family overlaps in a broader investigation of feminism, the rural world, and gender inequality. When we speak of meat we speak of the body and inevitably of our experiences. Referring to personal experience means referring to the relationship with our environment and with that genetic framework that links us to each other.
The installation was produced within the framework of the program Support for the creation of “la Caixa”, and is part of the relocated itinerary "1 + 1 +" 1 ... ", which will be carried out in different collaborating venues of the Festival: the Picasso Museum, the Excursionist Center of Catalonia, La Capella, the Frederic Marès Museum, and the Royal Artistic Circle.
María Alcaide focuses her practice on youth job insecurity and on the social debates that emerge from Europe’s current drift towards xenophobic and conservative movements. Alcaide constructs an intimate discourse that always starts from personal experience and whose body takes the shape of her own financial and spatial limitations.
Alcaide graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Seville, after which she studied fine arts at the Université Paris VIII and obtained her research master’s degree in art and design from Eina-UAB in Barcelona.
Internationally, her works have been displayed in Helsinki (Muu Kaapeli), Berlin (ACUD) or San Francisco (EAS, Reed College). She has won awards at Jeune Création and Salon de Montrouge 64 (Paris) and she has also attended a number of residencies in Berlin (Agora Collective), Leipzig (LeFugitif) or in the Western Sahara (Artifariti). Furthermore, she has participated in a number of group exhibitions at venues such as the Complutense Art Center, CAAC, Can Felipa, at the àngels Barcelona gallery, Dilalica, Fran Reus or the BlueProject Foundation. She has been awarded the La Caixa and Generación 2021 production award, an Injuve scholarship and has been a resident artist at Fabra i Coats-Sant Andreu Contemporani, La escocesa, Bar Projects, Bilbaoarte and the Centro Andaluz de Creación Contemporánea.