MISTRANSLATING FRANCISCO IZQUIERDO QUINTANA
Racional Democracia Readings
Headlands, San Francisco, CA photo by Scott Polach
The State As Skin
“The State As Skin” was part of the group show, Unruly Subjects. During the opening night, I approached the rocking chair, undressed completely, stood on the rocking chair and read the article “Estado Como Piel” by Francisco Izquierdo Quitana.
I conduct ongoing out loud reading exercises that explore writings by my late great uncle Francisco Izquierdo Quitana. Once a philosopher and politician for the Cuban pre-Castro Batista regime, his writing and my source material was produced once in exile in Miami as part of a series of textual responses to his violent expulsion. These pieces reveal great depth about his notions of democracy and the relations of “state” and “self”. Although I am fluent in Spanish, the texts are densely philosophical and political language that are subliminally charged with experiences of lose and displacement. These exercises allow me opportunities to be with his body of work which I find both intimate and alienating. I ephemerally honor his work, even in my failure to comprehend it.