[Many thanks to Diego Del Valle Ríos for sharing this item via Critical.Caribbean.Art.] The latest issue of Terremoto, issue 16, is organized around the theme “Vibran imágenes en la oscuridad” [Images Quiver in the Dark]. Co-edited with Puerto Rican curator María Elena Ortiz the cultural platform presents articles from October 21, 2019 to January 13, 2020.
The issue includes “Una mirada mas allá de lo cristal”—a conversation between curator María Elena Ortiz and Dominican artist Hulda Guzmán on aspects of Surrealism that echo in her artistic practice—and an article on Suzanne Césaire by Mamadou Badiane, “Suzanne Césaire: madre desconocida de la Antillanidad.” Here is the introduction to Issue 16:
We live in a present of eyes irritated by tear gas, by smog in the cities, by the ash of forests consumed by flames, by the excessive brightness of screens. When the neoliberal capitalist system, that oppressive abstract construction, appeals to the gaze, it is to wear it out, disorient it and overwhelm it. Its purpose is to control it in order to limit the possibilities of the imagination—that irrational expression of freedom.
Lowering the guard of the always-vigilant, domesticated eye, which maintains the pulse and flow of accelerated cognitive perception through our consumption, is to allow the oneiric to expand as a potent moment of vulnerability. To walk in the darkness of our eyes is to meet ourselves again, to inaugurate a process of autonomy. What does not encompass the certainty of a full, prefabricated and consumable image?
Finding ourselves in an ocular-centric world, in this issue of Terremoto we will arrest the voracity implicit in the gaze so that it may rest, stopping contemplatively and curiously on cryptic images, those blurred, camouflaged, secret images so difficult to evoke and which awake within us doubts that appeal to our fears and desires. Dreams, premonitions, spiritual manifestations, ancestral links, fantasies, all of these are powerful fugitive images; riddle-images that, when discovered in the reflection of our eyes, force us to rest, to blink, as a pathway to the irrationality that accommodates other possible realities. In a system that continually demands that everything be visible, how important are secrecy, opacity, and the cryptic as narrative possibilities in terms of the imaginative? Could we say that in them lies a power of the image as micro-micro-politics?
Terremoto is a communication platform dedicated to contemporary art in and around Mexico City and the American continent with a specific focus on the South: from the border states of MX and USA to Central & South America and the Caribbean.
See Terremoto here: https://terremoto.mx/issue/issue-16-vibran-imagenes-en-la-oscuridad/
Read more about María Elena Ortiz at http://curatorsintl.org/collaborators/maria-elena-ortiz