The series "DEL OTRO MUNDO" (OF THE OTHER WORLD), focuses on the fantastic and fictional production of the entertainment world: cinema, television, comics and the inexhaustible universe of its by-products, pop collectibles.
Many concerns that have been key in the previous work are synthesized here: the detection and reaffirmation of cultural fusions and interactions, the allegorical representation of symbolic encounters as a metaphor of contemporary historical events, humor as a tool for reflection, the appeal to the imagery of Pop culture with the consequent reappearance of fantastic beings and pre-Columbian references.
In this series a new character appears, or rather a new theme: the extraterrestrial, an icon of fiction that becomes a metaphor for the foreigner, the stranger, the mysterious, the hidden, the dangerous. The alien is a humanoid, a generic being, it is not the portrait of anyone in particular, it is a representation of "The Other". ?El otro?.
The concepts of "the Other", "otherness", "otherness" have been fundamental topics of social science studies in their attempt to explain the problems intrinsic to human interaction. The idea of "the other" as opposed to the concept of identity, defines the experience of confrontation with the strange, the foreign, the different, the distant, the uncertain.
Arthur Rimbaud in May 1871, in his Letters of the Seer, introduces his famous phrase "Je est un autre" ("I am another"). The poet says: ("I am another. So much the worse for the wood that is discovered violin, and mocks against the unconscious, who pontificate on what they completely ignore!"). A premonitory literary introduction to an idea later taken up by philosophy, psychoanalysis and anthropology to point out the negative aspects arising from cultural exchanges, migrations, displacements and violence resulting from colonialism, subjugation and inequality.
This theme of otherness symbolically represented by the image of the alien brings me back to current issues. I think of the social problems generated by forced migrations, and how tensions are expressed in concepts such as alien vs. aboriginal and allochthonous vs. autochthonous.
The "collective imaginary", a social science concept coined in the 1960s by Edgar Morin, designates the set of myths and symbols that, at any given moment, effectively function as the collective social "mind".
This collective imaginary, fed both in its real and imaginary dimension by the media, creates universal archetypes that reinforce a sense of conservative community and that are insidiously introduced into consumer products, developing negative archetypes of otherness that function as their "Hades" (negative imaginary).
Frequently, these fantasy representations of otherness come to transcend the real environment and acquire the strength and beauty of myth, becoming popular icons, but in many cases, they inevitably carry the worst xenophobic prejudices that implant the collective image of the criminal, the unpresentable, the universal monster.
"DEL OTRO MUNDO" (OF THE OTHER WORLD) is an allegory, a nostalgic recreation of kitsch retro futurism and a metaphor of contemporaneity and its circumstances.