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Paper Power

Maria Alcaide
April 2020

Paper Power Maria Alcaide

Isn’t it ironic that in a so-called hyper-computerised and digitised society, paper suddenly became significant?

Empty toilet paper shelves in the world's supermarket after panic buying. We are witnessing, in real-time, the stone-cold fact that markets are an ineffective mediator of resources, prone to the worst vagaries of herd mentality. And we feel anxiety in our bodies. We have been told that we are at war and the enemy is something we cannot see, something that is already dead, something that cannot be spread without us. Even our hands could be secret carriers of the unknown opponent. The enemy could be anywhere, anytime. And we feel pushed to be alert, to watch out, we build primitive surveillance systems from our door to our windows (if we have them) while we are being monitored by high-tech industry. Following our steps from our bed to the kitchen, from the sofa to the supermarket, tracing our route through the entrance to the hygienic paper section. We wear a poor-quality mask made of paper and vinyl gloves. The gloves are smooth and the vinyl layer that covers our fingers allows our phone to recognise our fingerprints. Please, pay with credit card. Now our card is in our hands, in the unlocking gesture. Our blood pressure is being sent to someone in real-time. The enemy is right there. I cannot see it, but I know it is in the softness of the paper, in the fibers of my mask, and I only have my breath, the moisture between my lips and the sweat of my hands to fight. It was late when I realized that water always beats paper.

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About Maria Alcaide

Maria Alcaide (Spain) works in an interdisciplinary way, often producing sculptural installations that respond to issues of identity and its political implications.