Menstruation is painful. It makes you realize that you are a human being, trapped in a body, ruled by the cycles of life. It reminds me of my own mortality. But the pain also makes me feel more alive and more conscious about my body. I am not only a ‘intellect’, I have a body and I have to take care of it.
Master Performance at the Museum PasquArt Biel – Switzerland ,June 2018
I like to research about my blood in different stages, as a fluid, as a solid, the different colours it becomes in different stages of the period. I like to see if the blood takes on different colours, shapes or if my emotions differ towards it.
I consider my work with body fluids as a feminist statement. It is important for me to share my point of view that there is nothing to be ashamed of about the female body, the fluids, periods and emotional changes due to the hormonal cycle the body undergoes. Being a woman is natural and precious, that’s how I was taught by my indigenous family members. The indigenous of Ecuador consider the body of a women and a female animal as something very precious and there is nothing to be ashamed of, it’s sexuality is good and necessary for the animals in order to have babies, the same applies to humans.
I know that for the catholic family of my mother, the female body is not special, wome have to do what men tell them to do, and they have to cover their bodies to go to church. If a woman has her period she should never talk about it in public.
The religion of the Incas, which is part of my cultural imprint, knew many goddesses: Pacha mama (the earth) Mama Cocha (the sea), Mama Quilla (the moon), and Urpayhuachac (goddess of fish and seabirds). For the Incas women were never part or a hybrid of a man. Women are the creation of live (the earth). And men are the father figures (the sun). Both are necessary in order to maintain life in this world. Incas prayed to both equally.