The hygiene of the body involves complex procedures on a social scale, actions that should be deconstructed. In the nineteenth century, hygiene linked to morality, proposing not only the cleansing of bodies, but a single way of living. A clean life implied a model of religious family, white, heterosexual, monogamous, with a sexuality aimed at reproduction. The rest was dirt. This ideology, of which we are heirs, constructed a social model based on exclusions. Hygiene served to justify a family model, heterosexual, social classes and hierarchies. Under the medical hygiene flag, racist was justified by associating black with dirt. From a critical positioning, the pieces of the series approach these aspects. It could understood from the mutation of bodies: we leave a skin, we change it to be reborn under a new corporality. They show us the impossibility of cleaning: the soap does not wash and soaking does not erase the image. It is a subversive and rebel process, an anti-cleanliness.
Ways to wash. 2017.
Piece made for Museari. Museu de l'imaginari, by Ricard Huerta and Germán Navarro Espinach