Aesthetics of desire: 12 with Isa
       
     
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Aesthetics of desire: 12 with Isa
       
     
Aesthetics of desire: 12 with Isa

Re-formance. Duration approx. 2 hours

2013

Aesthethics of desires was planned departing from a subtle connection made between the Spanish custom of asking whishes while eating twelve grapes at twelve o'clock in new year eve and the training given to people who offered them selves as drug mules for trafficking, in which the subject must swallowed grapes to prepare the pharynx before loading the stomach with drugs.  

In the space, filled with Christmas lights, the spectators are welcomed by the artist with streamers, hats, whistles and Colombian new years music as background. In the Isa is also present, Monroy’s personal friend who has come through a transformation of sexual gender and who was a victim of a drug trafficking chain serving as the bait drug mule with 60 capsules of cocaine in her stomach on a travel between Brazil and Germany. Once viewers get in the space Monroy explains the Hispanic tradition of the grapes and talks with the viewers about the things they do before the clock turns to 12. After the clock hit 12 and a real countdown is finished, the artist invites viewers to eat a grape making a wish. Once everyone ends Monroy climbs on a balance reporting his weight to the audience and begins swallowing grapes without chewing. While Monroy swallows grapes, Isa tease the viewers to have conversations about bitter experience and “swallowed toads” all spectators who participate has trough life. The whole situation leads to a point where Isa can tell her story as bait mule, victim of a repressive society and as a transsexual woman in constant change. The experience also aids to Carlos and the viewers to share their unpleasant social, sexual and psychological experiences.

At the end of the action Monroy passes trough a second weighting, given the new number of gain weight as symbol of the weight of the wishes swallowed as capsule or grapes.

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