Matadero Madrid center for contemporary creation


Jimena Kato


An audiovisual project and a work of choreographic exploration that addresses the notions of the exact movement, the necessary gesture, and the economy of the body and how these are created and used by different subjectivities in search of an optimisation of form and its function. The first part, which has already been created and will continue in collaboration with Gregory Edelein, a former contemporary dancer with the renowned Belgian company Les Ballets C de la B who was forced to give up dance due to an accident, lays down the guidelines which involve a study of the body and its different systems of balance, so that we can understand its physicality. This body, both the set of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons as well as the social body, what we represent, how we use it (how it is used), deform it (how it is deformed) or modify it (how it is modified), and how we use this material that is given to us with its different characteristics above and beyond what we consider normal or optimal. To use the notion of accident, breakdown, atrophy not as a singularity but rather as a constant that gradually limits our lives, bodies and ways of relating to one another, using it as another element that we can make use of and not as a minor aspect that limits our performativity.

Jimena Kato

A visual artist born in Lima, Peru, she studied at the Higher School of Art and Design, the ESADMM, in Marseille, where she earned a degree in Sculpture and Video. She then took a postgraduate degree in Art and New Media at the Sint-Lukas Hogeschool in Brussels. Her projects revolve primarily around processes that pursue an understanding of space through the physical and political condition of bodies, generating movements, gestures and displacements that question the landscape and the constructive and architectural archetypes, determining processes of adaptation. These processes are translated into installations that include sculptural pieces in addition to video, photography and text, where what is most important is the sensorial experience and where the artisanal and the industrial are juxtaposed.