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