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Microtextiles have an ambivalent nature: textile and photography coexist in one object.

 

Microtextiles are miniature transluscent beadworks loomed within tiny cardboard frames. Their color combination is the visual representation of corn DNA: 4 colors representing 4 bases. They function as slides: can be projected using slide projectors or visualized on light tables.

  

Microtextiles reference ancient Peruvian textiles that carry encoded information: tocapu and khipu. Ancient databases were textiles, in many places of Perú they are still used to record information.

 

Microtextiles make a connection between those textiles and corn, a millenary cultural legacy also, but relegated to oblivion by the Peruvian cultural policy.

 

Local crops like quinoa, potato and amaranth are being the target of biotech corporations. The DNA of corn was decoded and patented by Monsanto. Indigenous farmers are subject to violent repression and their voice is being silenced by the media for opposing destruction of natural resources like seeds and water.

 

Although they wear textiles similar to those displayed in museums and have been the seed keepers of corn for 8,000 years, neither people nor corn are in art museums in Perú. It seems that living beings can´t be accepted by the cultural establishment.