Matriarch.

Here we would like to recall, by gathering them, the female figures who cross the times and the arts of different constitutions. Classical mythologies, contemporary myths, archaic returns, re-written and re-visioned representations of female puissance (H. Cixous) which extends across the Mediterranean, conceived as a fluid space of traces, marks, lines, images, and knowledges. Here are stored and disseminated the traces of terrifying and enchanting Medusas; the actions of the goddess Isis, relegated by Freud to a footnote (B.C. Freeman: 1997), still delving in the sacred and deepest abyss on the sea to invent a new ‘cure’ for the disseminated body of her beloved brother. There are young Persephones, Kore and their different ‘pupils-of-the-eyes’; also Egyptian Cleopatras, translated into poetical Leopards, or into ‘Iraqi cooks’ and Cleopatras who flood the world with their delicious tastes and shining idioms (S. Carotenuto: 2009). The Mediterranean Sea gives birth to tragic Antigones, traumatic alterities that bring on the scene their senses of existence and resistance, their inflexible voices claiming the right of asylum and ‘burial’ as forms of justice that can change the destiny of our world (J. Butler: 2000). There are, still, postcolonial Sphinxes or ‘Babies Sugar’ as they have been thought, created, displayed and shared, for example, by Kara Walker.

Again and again, you can look at the old and young Prégnances (J. Derrida: 2004) captured by watercolors or lavis by  Colette Deblé

Like black suns, always in-between two or more worlds, universes and planets, these sublime alterities are sweet, harmonious, frightening, radiant, glorious, spectacular and melancholic figures. Forcefully, their genealogies emerge from the troubling waters of human history; there out of hostilities, wars, deaths and defeats, they never stop releasing their songs-chants-cries of life. The perimeter of the Matriarchive of the Mediterranean is a wide frame inhabited by affective and primordial memories, evocated, experimented and materialized by the mysterious energies of the Matriarchs, the female archons who break, fragment and deconstruct the patriarchal arkē or the western archival vocation by advancing the creation of im-possible collectivities of women, heading towards a future that still needs to be invented, à-venir

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