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Vol. 3:  Saudade


María María Acha-Kustcher

María María Acha-Kustcher, Womankind. Saudade, 2020. Polyptych. Photographic Collage.

“One of my most intimate and intuitive projects is "Womankind", which consists of several series of digital photographic collages to generate fictional documents centered on women. These were made using found archival images; from the Internet, magazines, books; and my own photographs. In these compositions emerge, on one side, my complex cultural identity with Creole, Chinese, and African roots; and on the other side, a dreamlike world transmitted by my grandmother, of German origin.

I create "Womankind". Saudade during the confinement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2020. The images of this polyptych deal with melancholy and the communion between the emotional state with the environment, between the internal and external landscape, presenting different female figures in a contemplative state that could be a revision of the romantic tradition.”

After working in advertising in Mexico City, María María Acha-Kutscher moved to Madrid in 2001, where she currently lives and where she took her first steps in the world of art and feminist militancy. Using multiple modes of expression such as drawing, photography and archive images the artist produces long research pieces dealing with gender discrimination. The main focus of her work is woman. Her story, the struggles for emancipation and equality, and the cultural construction of femininity. Putting the patriarchal system under the microscope, her work becomes not only an instrument for political struggle but also a testament to the concerns and demands of today's feminist movements. Acha-Kutscher is represented by ADN Gallery in Barcelona.

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