Maria Cosmes. And he made them at his likeness?
Lesson of kinship I y II
The skin. Woman, object of the action



In Incarnations , she embodies its search for identity in recognizing that it is always built in relation to others, in front of them, without a mask or with the mask of others. The body is present with a clear conscience that everything falls on him and on the person, on the own representation, the one that the others and the culture make and the one that oneself makes with the acquired load. The incarnations are the projected identity, they speak of impositions and obligations, as much the cultural as those demanded by interpersonal relationships, by autobiographical experience and by daily life.

In The skin (2004) she reconstructs herself from the physical, in this case her face, by the superimposition of latex masks of the faces of a group of voluntary people. In the series of actions Lesson of kinship 1 and Lesson of kinship 2 (2001 and 2004) she defines herself as a social being through her personal relationships, rewriting her relationships, more symbolic than real, over an image of her naked body.

In Woman, object of the action (1998) verbs of obligation are projected on his moving body as he approaches the audience and explains to them a brief text on the passive acceptance of victimization by the weakest. In And he made them in his own likeness? (2009) she hits a wall made of clay with a whip and invites participants to do the same and then, on the marked clay, are projected images of the ideals of male and female bodies according to the classical canons and of her own naked body.

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