LA CAÍDA DEL SER
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO • 2011
Ana de Alba
Museo Universitario del Chopo
My mother fell ill and was hospitalized. I spent several nights taking care of her. In the mornings I saw how a couple of nurses bathed her prostrate in her bed without her moving one iota voluntarily. While they were washing the different parts of her body, they also dressed her and combed her hair, as well as changing the dirty sheets from the night for clean ones and making the bed. All at the same time perfectly synchronized in duo. The action was amazing and I felt entranced watching a magnificent performance piece.
The vision led me to question that as long as we stay alive we are still "someone".
My mother was still alive and despite not moving during the morning performance, the nurses raised and lowered her limbs and rolled her face down and up like a thing, she was still “someone”.
When she died, other "someones" would wash her and prepare her for the funeral rite, although she would have ceased to be "someone" to become "something", an inert body.