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Barbara Palvin for Victoria’s Secret.

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Southern California Gothic
  • "It will rain." they say. They say that every day. And every day, you wait. How long have you waited? You don't know anymore.
  • You stop at a dusty intersection. At all corners, there are people with fruit stands. The cherries are 2 dollars a pound. You see the sign saying no stands. You look to the police. They have one too. The strawberries are a dollar a basket.
  • You're walking in LA along Hollywood Boulevard. You walk along the stars. It feels like forever. So many and yet so many still. You eventually find your own name on one for film. You have never been in a movie. Or so you think.
  • "Let's go to In-N-Out," says your friend. Which one? There are no other burger places around. There is only In-N-Out. There is always only In-N-Out.
  • You walk past a person in a Dodgers hat. Not uncommon. Everyone owns one. Everyone you walk past wears one. You reach up onto your head. You are one of them.
  • You go to a restaurant with a friend. Everything is gluten free. You don't mind. Everything is. What even is gluten? You don't know, but you are horrified by it.
  • The beach is nice in the summer. The beach is nice in spring. The beach is nice. The beach is your friend, your overlord. You must respect it. Bow to it before stepping on its sandy shores.
  • You get onto the 405. Siri says you only go 5 miles before getting off on the exit ramp. It has been decades since she said that last. Your hands are old and wrinkled as they grip the wheel. Siri says you have 4 miles to go. It's faster than usual.
  • You park your car on the side of the road and get out. The beach. You look at the top of your car to find a surfboard. You don't own a surfboard. You do now and have accepted it as your new way of life. You go to put on your wetsuit.
  • Your friend says she has tickets to the next concert. You ask where. She laughs. It is everywhere. The Bowl. The Forum. Staples Center. It is everywhere at once. All concerts are.
  • You debate on where to go for summer vacation. The fight ensues. Magic Mountain, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, and Disneyland. They fight for your affection and your money for when summer comes. This happens every year.
  • The palm tree outside your window waves at you in the wind. The palm trees are your ever present, looming protector. They are always watching.
  • You hear the chiming of the elotero's cart. You grab your money and run out the door. There is no elotero. The bell still rings. It always rings.

Barbara Palvin for Victoria’s Secret.

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Barbara Kruger - “Untitled (Your Body Is a Battleground)” (1989, serigrafía sobre vinilo, 284 x 284 cm, The Broad, Los Ángeles)

Barbara Kruger (1945, Newark, New Jersey) es una artista conceptual muy peleona y con un estilo muy particular. Sus mensajes, concisos y sencillos, pero muy efectivos, suelen estar colocados sobre fotografías en blanco y negro, como si fuesen los titulares de un periódico. Rojo, negro y blanco, no necesita más. Para involucrar al espectador o definir a un determinado colectivo, utiliza pronombres: tú, tuyo, nosotros, nuestro, ellos, yo… Barbara Kruger nos atrapa en pocos segundos, lo que tardamos en leer y procesar el texto, y no nos deja escapar. Nos fuerza a tomar partido, a definir nuestras ideas y convicciones.

Esta obra la hizo para una manifestación multitudinaria que hubo en Washington en 1989 en la que se reclamaba la libertad reproductiva de las mujeres. Pero el mensaje de Kruger es mucho más amplio, las palabras y la imagen escogidas son lo bastante ambiguas como para darle un sentido universal: “tu cuerpo es un campo de batalla”. Te obliga a mojarte porque está hablando de “tu cuerpo”, no del cuerpo de la vecina. El cuerpo de la mujer es una nación o territorio a conquistar. ¿Quién está legitimado para gobernar en él? ¿Vas a dejar que los de fuera decidan sobre tu persona, que se repartan tu cuerpo a voluntad, que establezcan unas normas de uso? Barbara Kruger no nos está hablando solo sobre aborto, está haciendo referencia también a los roles de género, a los modelos de belleza que nos vienen impuestos, a los derechos de la mujer en general. Nos sitúa frente a un rostro dividido en dos mitades, positivo y negativo. Aquí no hay grises que valgan. 

Barbara Palvin for Victoria’s Secret.

Barbara Palvin for Victoria’s Secret.

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