BARBARA ALEGRE
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Belong

Belong

Belong is an artistic project made of 17 objects compiled photographically in a book. These objects form a compendium of possessions that accompany us throughout our lives and are presented in a chronological structure.

Each of the objects is identified with first and last names. Surnames are a fundamental part of the project since each possession collects the maximum number of them according to the Sosa Stradonitz* system. Writing, embroidering, sewing, carving, engraving and printing these long names has proved to be an absurd act. The comedy of the absurd contrasts with the formal nostalgic treatment of an existential reasoning. The original objects have been transformed into new objects endowed with a new reading. In this way. Belong is a project that invites us to ask ourselves how and why we label certain possessions.

The work visually shapes the weight of identity that is given to us and that we drag as an element of singularity and positioning of the individual inside the tribe / collective. The more we delve into the singularity, the closer we get to the whole. We are part of the whole.

* The Ahnentafel system, also known as the Sosa-Stradonitz system, was created by Jerónimo de Sosa in 1676 as a method of numbering the ancestors in an ascending genealogy. He resumes the method of another author: Michel Eyzinger who, in 1590, had already used a similar numbering system.

This method was revised in 1898 by Stephan Kekulé von Stradonitz (1863-1933), son of the chemist Friedrich August Kekulé von Stradonitz, who popularized it in his book Ahnentafel-Atlas. Ahnentafeln zu 32 Ahnen der Regenten Europas und ihrer Gemahlinnen (Berlin: J. A. Stargardt, 1898-1904), which contained 79 tables of European sovereign ancestry and their spouses.

The system gives the number one to the individual whose genealogy is exposed (the subject of the table) and then number two to his father, and number three to his mother. Each man is assigned a double number that his son or daughter (2n) carries, and each woman is given a double number of that of her son or daughter, plus one (2n + 1).