THE TRAP is the continuation of my research around themes I have been exploring in my previous solo works. I have been focusing on the obsession with the "ideal/sucessful body", a kind of evolutionary canon structured by Western society based on the consumption of goods. I am intrigued by the ‘void’ that begins to appear as one passes from ‘private’ to the ‘public’ body and in the desire to "become" and “obtain”. These canons full of illusions and traps, wanting to keep us in a state of selfish entertainment. I see people increasingly isolated in front of the screen, watching, sometimes appearing, with the simple purpose of being ‘objectified’ for the sake of a particular pleasure, to prove they exist and can, for a while, erase the burden of being ‘subject’. There is a certain pleasure in being passive, in being a ‘channel’ for desire. Television and other media are ideal platforms to prove that you "could" be a subject. The power of ‘image’ is terrifying, especially when associated with the body.
It seems that no matter how much we try to fight these normative "desires" that force us to our own entertainment in irrelevant surfaces (making us the actors of the old society of the spectacle), we never manage to escape and never absolutely (because absolution is impossible). Our own body becomes both "weapon" and "target" and we continue to perceive ourselves as a bionic machine because when we look at the mirror, we want to overcome ourselves, we want an intimate "public," we want to be the poster we see, even if that means stopping what we are.
Mariana Tengner Barros