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, approaches the transformation of human remains inside a crematory. I found cemeteries from this region to be strictly regulated by norms, protected as patrimony, and regarded 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, foreign to the body. These parts are considered as debris, and thus tossed away. Ironically, artificial implants expelled from the human body are that which survives it: they resist the body’s ultimate dematerialization.