Jorge RiveraBodies of Work

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2007/2010

In the Skin of the Bull

In the Skin of the Bull is a practice-led Ph.D. that takes the form of a film, a written component and an exhibition. The film and the text contrast the making of a sculpture through the lost wax bronze casting process with the different stages of a bullfighting event, exploring ritual, practice, tradition, body encounters and the symbolic in these two forms of artistic expression.
The purpose of the project -in which the film plays the central role- is to share how I experienced the perceptive knowledge embedded within the process of bronze casting, a particular form of knowledge which springs uniquely from its praxis. In order to fully encounter the experience, I submerged myself in the process as an initiand stressing on a ritualistic reading of it.