Texts of the series Deconstructing Peter Pan

Deconstructing Peter Pan

is a declaration of intent that demystifies the childhood and the path to becoming an adult,

full of adversities that we will never leave. The magic goes running out, dissipates and we

must recognize that flying is in our imagination but it is not real.

I don't want to talk about that sweet world you live when you are growing up. My work

wants to talk just the other way around, about what surrounds you but still feels fremd

to you. I do not speak of anything new, but rather I try to ask questions about the few

changes that as human beings we experience throughout our history.

Wars have changed, but the dead are the same. The human being has been facing loss

and pain in different ways over the centuries, but they remain the same. Loneliness, still

our best friend and our worst enemy. What happens when, being consistent with your

time, the magical world where you came from just disappears?

Myths are good, but also they are a double edged sword for human vulnerability.

Demystifying Peter Pan is an excuse to ask for why we are so little evolutionary, why we

are enemies of different thoughts and ways of life, why we keep on destroying in favour

and against us.

My work wants to be a mirror, not leave anyone indifferent, it wants to be what the

spectator himself sees. My work would not exist without that premise. I question the pure

childhood, curiosity, obsession with things, fatality, indifference, old age, death as final.

Deconstructing Peter Pan is conceived as a journey through images I find, mix and

decontextualize, creating a mental and emotional confusion: chaos and disorder is the

engine that seems to be everyone's travelling companion, and my tool is precisely that. My

medium is the Internet, where I act as if I was a bank robber but stealing images instead of

money. It is similar and this is why I define myself as a visual offender.

In my work, I very often use of images of the Butto dance, created after the first nuclear

bombing in the history of mankind on civilian targets in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945,

and which resulted in the unconditional surrender of Japan to the Allied forces. The

images of that Holocaust, with survivors walking disoriented, with their bodies burned and

the eyeballs popped and hanging over their cheeks, caused horror and revulsion among

the Japanese. This way, the Butto was born, the "dance into the darkness".

This dance is for me a form of knowledge. In primitive societies suffering was a

knowledge, and they used it to question themselves. As a result, there was an evolution. In

our contemporary society, we reject the suffering and consequently we get lost like a blind

man who doesn't find the key to get out of the room in which he is trapped.

Deconstructing Peter Pan? The madness begins in our own skeleton, and becomes

material with ignorance and lust for destruction.

Xan Medina

Berlín, September 2013
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