Nothing Else Left / Installation (metal implants rescued from a crematory, metallic cremated dust, magnets, mechanisms, sensor) / 2013

 
 

This project, created during a residency at Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, USA, begins by approaching the transformation of human remains inside a crematory. I found cemeteries from this region of the world to be strictly regulated by norms, protected as patrimony, viewed as places of permanence and perpetuity. Inside the crematorium, on the contrary, human ash undergoes a symbolic and physical process of division: metal implants and artificial body parts are separated from biological remains, as they are foreign to the body. These parts are considered to be debris, and thus tossed away. Ironically, artificial implants expelled from the human are what survives it: they resist the body’s ultimate dematerialization.