MERCEDES BELLIDO – LA NOCHE, EL AVE DE ALAS NEGRAS
24 March – 22 April 2017
In 1962 the papyrus of Derveni, the oldest manuscript of Europe, was found, with a poem related to Orphism, an alternative Greek religion. It names the Goddess of the Night of Black Wings as the origin of love, but also of destiny and death. A deity so powerful that even Zeus is fearful of her.
The Goddess of Night embodies femininity, seduction, creativity as well as the lurking darkness and destructiveness. Sheltered under a halo of ceremonial mystery -like a serpent- silently playing with the fate of mankind. Like scavenger birds that live on the death of others, the Goddess needs darkness to shine, love to destroy, and death to live.
In “The night, the black winged bird “Mercedes Bellido works the potential iconography of the Orphic goddess universe. The past is embodied in memories that flow like crawling animals through memory, fiddling with their disturbing bifid tongues all that they find in their wake, poisoning the future and, at the same time, instilling an insatiable curiosity for knowing a future that, ultimately, is no more than an already known morbid end: death.
The black birds presage the irremediable and fatal outcome. However, the pressing quest to find out our fate, under the relentless gaze of the Goddess of the Night, leads us to constant regeneration during our life.