"476 GRAMS" is Zinteta's new artivist project. She shows with honesty, freedom and strenght a recognition of the fat phobic society we live in. Her art and activism aims to create a new liberating behaviour and acceptance with our bodies.
STORIES OF AN INVISIBLE ILLNESS FROM A FAT PHOBIC SOCIETY
“467 grams” is a reflection of one of the hardest realities that have pierced me as a person who has hated her body for years. This project wants to make visible one of the most hidden realities of the system we are living in: the reality of being a person diagnosed with eating disorder.
Every year, around 400000 people suffer some kind of eating disorder in Spain. Most of them are young girls between 12 and 14 years old. Around 60% of them have a relapse of the illness throughout their lives. Eating disorder is the mental disorder that causes the highest number of deaths. 467 grams is the weight of the 20 silver coins from my grandmother’s drawer. The same 20 coins that I used to hide in my bra every Friday when I had to go to check my weight with the nurse. Every Friday was literally a nightmare.
Art and feminism are the main ingredients that we can find in Cinta Tort Cartró’s pieces, also known as Zinteta (Barcelona 1995). They both hug each other, comunicate and create the main message of her creations. The human body is always the base, destroying the stereotypes and imagining a substantive diversity: shapes that get naked, that look at each other and recognise themselves forgetting all the stifling and suppressive projections that this patriarchy society we live in has printed on our skins.
The main premise of Cinta’s art is that “colour” is political. It is related to happiness and celebration, as well as to tenderness. It’s like a powerful meeting point between bodies that aprehend and celebrate themselves.
Colour is an activation and mobilization tool against all the systematic opressions we receive from the patriarchal society. Zinteta fights against the euphemism, taboo and isolation with the purpose of creating an emancipation that gives power to scars, different mobilities and to meetings between a variety of bodies through listening, affection and a horizontal point of view of all these.
Her pieces allow us to question ourselves who and how we really are, and the healthy way to observe and project us. Her projects make us feel closer to a reconciliation with ourselves and to take again power and presence in our own once uninhabited bodies.
“Reappropriate our own bodies, inhabit them again, take care for and love them are purely revolutionary and political acts”.