Maria Del Pilar Lopez-Saavedra (Colombia)
MAS is an ongoing installation that chronicles POC representation, self love, community, and strength while simultaneously allowing for reflection on current political climate and immigration policies. MAS consists of various dark skin tones nailed to a wall and presented together. The shades within MAS, are found within Rihanna’s new Fenty Beauty line. Fenty Beauty has released 40 shades of foundation alongside its racially inclusive makeup. The diversity and inclusion brought by Fenty to the beauty industry has been groundbreaking, but emphasizes the previous (and continuous) anti-blackness and segregation of products, representation and ideologies within it.
MAS brings into conversation the influence and significance of representation. Aside from the pop culture elements within MAS, topics such as politics, immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, and the Latinx experience are indulged in as well. The construction of a wall-like structure, with the inclusion of dark skin tones, nails, labor and Spanish language all lead to conversations on immigration. Within MAS, dark skin tones take over the white gallery space, in a loud and transformative way, as the artist has to perform the laborious process of nailing each sheet into the wall. There are no translations to the word MAS, and the vague-one worded title and statement allows for the speculation and reflection of an otherwise rigorously structured conceptual piece.
MAS asks for more POC representation, more conversation on POC topics, more community, more solidarity, more Spanish. MAS evokes the audience to be moved by the possibility of what could be- in order to envision a world and future that not only includes POC, but holds us central to its creation.