post-title Puppies Puppies | A Fantastic Woman | Galerie Barbara Weiss | 14.09.-03.11.2018

Puppies Puppies | A Fantastic Woman | Galerie Barbara Weiss | 14.09.-03.11.2018

Puppies Puppies | A Fantastic Woman | Galerie Barbara Weiss | 14.09.-03.11.2018

Puppies Puppies | A Fantastic Woman | Galerie Barbara Weiss | 14.09.-03.11.2018

until 03.11. | #2183ARTatBerlin | Galerie Barbara Weiss presents from 14th September 2018 the Exhibition Una Mujer Fantástica (A Fantastic Woman) by the artist Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo).

I cried endlessly in this movie.

Just waterfalls sprouting from the

the innermost crevice

where lid meets the eye

meets the highest

extent of the nose

The water must have come from rain

Rain pouring down at the peak of my brain

Or maybe it was snow

The peak of my brain in a spot unreached

I could finally feel the origin of

These waterfalls

at this specific


the opening scene of Una Mujér Fantástica

is a long pan of a waterfall

The thing I loved most about

A Fantastic Woman is Daniela Vega.

I’ve never felt such strong adoration.

It became so clear when I saw her face filling

the entirety of a screen

at Arclight theater in Hollywood.

We can exist

Not only can we exist

we can thrive

Not only can we thrive

We can experience incredible traumas

and overcome

Not only can we overcome

but we

can be fucking stunning while doing so

And I mean beauty in

In every possible way

Earlier in life I did ecological work in Ecuador

and prior to that was in other parts of South America

under different circumstances

I saw how trans women were treated there

Some of my earliest memories of

seeing other trans women

was while walking around Lima or Quito or Guayaquil

I could see what society at that time

Thought of trans women as people

People with similar minds to myself

It was heart wrenching

To see Danielas face so large

So present

In a mainstream theater so far away

From Chile

I felt for the first time in almost 30 years

What it feels like to feel mirrored

To see a latinx trans woman on the big screen

surviving against the odds

Alison Veit, Jade, 2018

graphite on paper

To make it to this point

In life

To see her play a character that she said

is similar to parts of her own story

And look so incredibly on point

So incredibly stoic

So incredibly vulnerable and realistic in

conveying /acting out the emotions

and experiences of


While most likely reliving

And confronting her own trauma

For the believability of her role

Ive never understood how powerful

mirroring could be

How much once it’s experienced the

The void that always existed is

Then less vacant

The void that needs to see people

Like oneself thriving and being strong

The void that needs to see someone

Like them cared about


And respected

To not look in the mirror

see oneself

And feel utterly alone

Am I the only one like me ?

I was told a part of the experience of adjusting

to hormone replacement therapy is having

A hormonal experience similar to that of a

young girl going through puberty

Experiencing feelings that relate to the younger

earlier part of the human experience

I feel overwhelming love for Daniela Vega.

More than feeling mirrored I admire her very existence

This exhibition is about Daniela

If I could spell her name in the stars

I would

Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo)

Notes on this exhibition:

This exhibition, echoes the structure of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. There are three avatars represented: Cielo Oscuro, the subject of two portraits hanging in the office, the voice of the artist in the press text and depicted in a drawing as a person made of stone whose tears are waterfalls, and actor Daniela Vega as she stars in Una Mujér Fantástica. All three people are latinx trans women. Oscuro, who was photographed on the first day of hormone replacement therapy, is a kind of Ghost of Transition Past, just beginning the process that Puppies began about a year ago.

The press text reflects Puppies in the present, a piece of writing based on similar writings that the artist produces as part of the therapy required by doctors for her to be allowed to transition. Just as the ghost of Christmas present shows Scrooge something invisible to him in the present moment, this kind of free writing is a tool used by her psychologist to help her see aspects of herself that are not generally visible to her in daily life. The hopeful image of the ghost of Puppies’ future is an actor who is further in the process of transitioning, and in the process of constructing a thriving, confident life for herself. Vega, who helped write the film using events from her life and whose masterful performance carries Una Mujér Fantástica, has turned the hardships of her existence into power, pride, and (at least as she represents herself in the interviews Puppies has watched over and over) happiness.

Unlike Dickens’ story, wherein the ghosts offer lessons to Scrooge, Jade offers something to her ghosts: support andencouragement to her past a trans woman 9 years younger than her (as a condition of the work, proceeds from thesale of these photos will be donated to help fund Oscuro’s transition), compassion and understanding to her present self, and an unbridled love for her future self.

Vernissage: Thursday, 13th September 2018, 6.00 – 9.00 pm – Screening: 7 pm – Performance: 8:45 pm

Exhibition period: Friday, 14th September – Saturday, 3rd November 2018

Zur Galerie Barbara Weiss


Image caption: via Galerie Barbara Weiss – Puppies Puppies

Exhibtion Puppies Puppies – Galerie Barbara Weiss | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin

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