sites of beauty
* ongoing project
25 minutes video loop
Visual exhibition and publication coming soon

In May 2017 I traveled to my mother's beauty salon in Zamora, the far west of Spain, in order to open and document conversations about beauty with her miscellaneous clientele. Where and when do we experience beauty? How does it feel? Do we get enough? And, ultimately, what's the use of it?

In the paradigmatic and familiar space of the beauty salon, where beauty is usually taken for granted as fruit of a kind of labour - something we produce in order to fit a socially desirable standard - with a little bit of time and attention, a more radical understanding of beauty unfolds: beauty as the fleeting emergence of something that had not yet been thought, an uncontrollable and unpredictable experience of pure feeling that words struggle to express.

Beauty sites is an attempt to understand my mother, the experience of beauty and the potential of this understanding for producing more desirable forms of inhabiting the world.

Presented at:
DAS Theatre First Year Presentations, Amsterdam, June 2017
Winters Binnen, Amsterdam, February 2018

clara garcía fraile