Three years accompanying us from high up in the air. Farewell to Malas Madres.
Jerónimo Hagerman, Jon Begiristain and Ane Agirre
We will chat with the author of the work Jerónimo Hagerman, with Jon Begiristain who collaborated closely with Hagerman to develop the piece and with Ane Agirre, coordinator of the project.
Malas madres / Lives hanging by a string, 2017-2020. Conceived by artist Jerónimo Hagerman, this installation consists of a lattice of ropes that catches our eye as soon as we enter into the Tabakalera plaza. Hagerman has adapted his project to the specific Tabakalera setting. From the different heights of the various balconies he has created a hanging garden connecting a series of plants by rope.
Malas madres / Lives hanging by a string seeks to offer other perspectives of the building: according to the author, the sensation of vertigo when we observe another living being that is suspended from such heights warns us of our own fragile vital state, anchored to the earth's surface. The relationship between human and non-human nature suggests to us the scale that we occupy with respect to the rest of the universe. From an anthropocentric perspective, in order to connect ourselves with other living beings, we tend to humanise them, just as we do when naming pets, animals in stories and plants. This very human behaviour leads to these plants being commonly known as "malas madres" ("mothers") in Mexico because they push their sprouts out of the nest. They are also often called spider plants.