Las muertes chiquitas , 2006-2009

‘Orgasms, like the land, belong to those who work on them.’ This is the phrase that runs through several of the voices involved in Las muertes chiquitas (Small Deaths). This is part of a project in which Mireia Sallarès recalls moments of her four-year journey through Mexico, accompanied by a camera and an illuminated neon sign with the same title. Below the more or less obvious surface of reality, the land – in this case, Mexican – is made denser by subjectivity and its rootedness, conflicts and desires. Orgasms – in this case, female –, shared or solitary, cathartic or frustrated, are a possible starting point to establish links between the public and the private, between the erotic and the political.

The intimate area of sexuality is thus placed at the scene of public enjoyment, or rather, of eroticism constructed by ideological transaction and control mechanisms, both religious and cultural.

(Helena Braunštajn: Pluralidades orgásmicas, 2010)

Technical details

Original title:
Las muertes chiquitas
Registration number:
Sallarès, Mireia
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Audiovisual recording
Single-channel video, colour, sound, 286 min 44 s
Edition number:
Ed. 1/5 + 1 P.A.
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
© Mireia Sallarès
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