We install invisible, but conspicuous divisions between ourselves and other people. Socially constructed institutions and aesthetics (cultural, socio-economical and political) front as the rubric for a collective propriety, but none of these is inherent to the natural world. The elementary structure of this book is intentional. Without distraction, we emphasize the essential to our survival: water, plants, animals. We suggest that blood, the vital principle, is intersectional, occupying space between biological and social. Blood is not only the means by which we breathe, but also for how we live. It is a tool to mark space: spilt blood is a byproduct of force, tropes of war and profanity; moon blood is life-giving, a sacred ability to ensure the survival of our species. If blood is able to dismantle synthetic social institutions by separating consecrated spaces from inhospitable ones, the notion that our neighbor’s blood is discrete from our own deprecates that which actually empowers us to live.
The poem and its translation:
Como el agua entre agua,
es en vano medir la sangre contra sangre.
Se dice que uno manda
pero sin el otro
no hay nada.
Like water in water,
it’s in vain to measure blood in blood.
They say that one is thicker,
but without the other
you have none.
This title is available as two editions: a deluxe, hardcover edition, and this softcover version. Both books have the same printed pages.
|Title||Alguna de nuestras partes|
|Subtitle||Some of Our Parts|
|Artist/Creator||Daniela Ragan and Camila Araya|
|Press Name/Publisher||Letra Chueca / Crooked Letter Press|
|Artist's Nationality||Both artists are from Chile|
|Place of Publication||Portland, Oregon|
|Author of Text/Poet||Poem by Daniela Ragan|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Letterpress printing|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||"Tête bêche" structure, which translates by “head to tail.” Pamphlet stitch binding with soft cover. Goatskin leather cover with papyrus pastedown. (Tête bêche: two texts are bound together, with one text rotated 180° relative to the other, such that when one text runs head-to-tail, the other runs tail-to-head.)|
|Paper Stock||UV Ultra II Radiant White 36 lb. paper|
|Typography||Wood sign type|
|Number of Pages||24 pages on each translation|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||7.125 x 7.125 x .1875 inches closed|
|Edition Size||Open Edition|
|Signed and Numbered?||Unsigned|