Maria Cosmes. Manual of elegance always and everywherer
       

 


Manual of elegance and efficiency always and everywhere (2009) uses common elements that have implicitly a very specific symbology - what she calls "cultural materials" - such as ties, attributes of a male culture and status. Her use within this performance to construct a dress that she strips off and ties the participants, both women and men, represents in a very powerful way the kind in which we are constrained by socially imposed conventions.


Carlos Pina
Independent curator
director of eBent, international performance festival of Barcelona (2003-2010)
february 2013