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FURRY TALES by AD MINOLITI at LA CASA ENCENDIDA curated by RAFA BARBER CORTELL [from 20220127 to 20220327]
[Photos: La Casa Encendida]
Cuentos peludos / Furry Tales is the starting point of the curatorial itinerary Fantastic Interior. Ad Minoliti uses the world of stories to invent a fictional space where the artist reshuffles and reinterprets the popular tale of Little Red Riding Hood. The exhibition creates a speculative stage that examines the political and queer dimension of childhood.
The project creates an immersive installation that subtly navigates the symbolic strategies used by the establishment to mould us and assign us an identity within a binary system from the moment we begin to exist. To this end, Minoliti turns to the world of tales, so common in the daily life of children, inventing a fictional space where the artist reshuffles and reinterprets a tale we have all heard before: Little Red Riding Hood.
The artist turns Room A into a fictional geometric forest inspired by the one that Red Riding Hood passed through to reach her grandmother’s house.
However, in this welcoming yet dissident stage, we will witness a different narrative from the one we have always been told. We will be introduced to a Little Red Riding Hood who has become CAp, a non-binary person who meets Lobe, an animaloid who is neither aggressive nor dangerous nor has any intention of devouring CAp’s grandmother. CAp and Lobe get acquainted and stroll together through this forest, which is no longer a menacing space but quite the opposite: a realm devoid of imposed morals and prejudices. This tale is told in the space by means of a slide-show narrative which, in the manner of a storyteller, welcomes us to the room and records the actions of a performance offered by Hapi Hapi and Marcus Massalami, which is activated live on two occasions.
The artist turns Room A into a fictional geometric forest inspired by the one that Red Riding Hood passed through to reach her grandmother’s house. The theoretically-wild woods through which the original Red Riding Hood feared to walk alone become a multi-coloured landscape in Minoliti’s world, inspired by geometric art but also by the domestic design of the 1970s and 1980s. The artist, who initially trained as a painter, regards this medium as an expanded field capable of creating immersive atmospheres like this fairytale forest, where large murals of the artist’s own design coexist with small works on canvas.
The costumes worn by CAp and Lobe have been created by Feli Quispe—with a tribute quote to Susy Shock—and are present in the space dressing two furries. In popular culture, furries are fairly well-known characters based on the notion of a trans-species creature that resembles an animal but has human capabilities.
The exhibition occupies this space and its relationship to childhood, attempting to challenge a system of representation where queerness is merely an absence and where concepts like innocence or tenderness are depoliticised to become tools which, at times, are used to deny children authority over their own bodies.
Furry Tales is the first stop on this interior journey, which we start by returning to the beginning, to childhood, to the source from which everything else later sprang. This exhibition imagines a childhood which, rather than branching out in two directions, carefully weighs its options, because, as the artist says, perhaps the time has come for children to stop being the future and start being able to decide their own present.
[Text: Rafa Barber Cortell]
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