One Hand Washes the Other
Del Pilar photographs artists' hands. But her pictures reach beyond the mere registration. The artists' hands (and the art), which were for a long time associated just to the manual work, now bring dozens of other senses. “To give a hand” is synonymous of help; “fairy hand” is a skilled hand, while “hand of iron” means an oppressor power, with implacable firmness. “Two-way”, in opposition to “one-way” (*), is related to the traffic in two senses, but not just of vehicles. Now, ”hand in the ball”, depending on the context, interferes in the humor of a nation, even more if it goes inside of the area (**). A “heavy hand” may put an end to any work or it may be the mark of an artist. There are some that leave that off. After all, it is not just with the hand that art is made.
[*] – T.N. – In Portuguese the Word “way” in both expressions is substituted by “hand”, reason why the example is intelligible in Portuguese only.
[**] – T.N. – That refers to a soccer rule.
(Merzblog) (Catálogo). Projeto Ocupação - Paço das Artes, São Paulo; 2005