ESTADOS GENERALES

With the support of
ICAA, Instituto de Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, España DAFO, Ministerio de Cultura, Perú, Ayuntamiento de Madrid

FIDLab, Marseille, 2021, Centro de residencias Matadero, 2020, Madrid
‘Intersección, Festival Internacional, A Coruña’, 2023 Cine-logias, Centro cultural Matadero, Madrid, 2021 ‘Experimentales del Sur’, AMEE, Circulo de Bellas Artes CBA, Madrid, 2019

In the second basement of the herbarium of the Botanical Garden of Madrid is located the storage S59, a warehouse from the historical herbarium that gathers botanical material mostly coming from the eighteenth and nineteenth century mainly from the former colonies, that for several causes cannot be cataloged, assembled as discards, this vegetal matter constitutes a blind spot within the official archive.

“Estados generales” is a single-channel film that re-imagines the return voyage of a parcel of seeds from this deposit in the Botanical Garden of Madrid back to the place where they were picked in the southern coast of Peru. Since the colonial system, different polymorphous regimes of power extend and feed each other: colonialism, European modernity, anthropocentrism and Western technoscience. The film is conceived as a counter-narrative that explores the spectral capacity of the archive, offering a critical perspective to examine the continuity of contemporary neocolonial structures.