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Meet Trailblazer Mely Barragán

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mely Barragán.

Mely, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a visual artist based in Tijuana that explores the notions of identity and self. I speak two languages at the same time, my identity is constructed by thousands of copy-pastes. Juxtaposition is natural. I appropriate images to resignify their use, upon finding myself in a by-product world where we are inundated by concepts of identity-based on consumption, I become empowered by this imagery without playing its game. I search for more honest visual formulas that question imposed visual formats (industry, society, tradition, etc). I describe my process as reflections on the absurd, obsessive, fateful, grotesque, beautiful and fragmented.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As a female artist from the border, I have always been inspired by the history of women who earned their place in the world by overcoming the tribulations and struggles that the patriarchy established in both cultures that I am part of. Some things have changed, yet gender-identity is still a battlefield.

You build your own road. Using your ideas to impact through your work. Making people stop, think and react towards what’s the main purpose to make your ideas public. I’ve always fought to be very honest in my ideas and to keep them straight forward.

Always believe that what you have to say is important.

We’d love to hear more about your art.
My art practice is composed of combining installation, soft sculpture, assemblage, collage, among others in different formats and experiences. I talk about inner thoughts, about the current state of women and power, creating visual rituals using objects and repetitive actions that symbolize the strength needed to overcome the obstacles in a testosterone-driven world. I feel that my art practice has put me in touch with a life I had chosen. Sharing information that had been passed on to me. Having the ability to create community and grow as a person through these experiences.

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
I mainly read novels, contemporary literature, and multifaceted spiritual, healing and wellness editions.
Authors who come to mind? Carl G. Jung, Susan Sontag, Clarice Lispector, Cordelia Fine, Lydia Cacho, Elena Ferrante and more. And obviously, gender-based ideas and critical text. I am very much into bio-pics. Always having good music in the background.

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Image Credit:
Mely Barragán detailing (Macho II, 2018)

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