Artist

Camila Eslava

O paraíso das moscas

FR. Le paradis des mouches

EN. The paradise of the flies

This work was meant to find ways to free flies from the behavioral study where they were being kept. Having in mind the numerous security systems society has invented to observe and study the way we behave, Camila happened to meet a biologist friend in Brazil. He was specifically studying a kind of fruit fly: Anastrepha fraterculus. So she imagined different ways to free these beautiful insects from their prison. She asked him if he could give her a lot of dead flies that where in the laboratory so that she could try and make them fly by blowing her breath into them for example, and she turned that into drawings. It was in fact similar to what a monk would do when making mandalas, as she learnt later. She put the little corpses in a bag made of tulle and let the bag fly in the wind. Finally, she took from the biological laboratory of the University of Sao Paulo a beautiful and feminine-looking jar containing ten fruit flies and she put it in the department of arts where she worked. On the top of the jar a sort of stocking served as a lid. There, she undid the knot that closed the jar, waiting for the flies to fly away, but none of them dared move. Where they afraid? Not at all! It just that they felt so comfortable within the jar where they had all they need: guava food, water and warmth! This action didn’t work in the romantic sense Camila expected for freedom, because besides feeling very comfortable inside the jar, some of the flies didn’t even know how to take off. Their freedom was in the jar!