Another map: a new cartography
On June 26th, 2000, Bill Clinton, President of the United States, and Tony Blair, first minister of the United Kingdom, introduced the first genetic map, describing it as one of humanity’s most important achievements. Three years later, on February 13th, 2003, died Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal. Genetic science is today an option to how we like to imagine the future and the relationships we wish to establish with nature. This science can be profoundly racist and segregationist, or a great benefactor for mankind. Way back in 1866, Mendel described his famous laws, which would be later used by science and industry in an effective way, although not always fairly.
Genealogy is the visual unfolding of the contemporary cultural phenotype. Emilio Rangel formulates, from a symbolic level, the cultural and genetic hybridization that may be established between an animal, a cartoon, and the human races; a road that shows us the always changing, and in a continuous interchange of features, condition of beings from their genetic singularity. That is how, little by little, generation after generation, we add and get rid of some of our parents’ forms and characters. With this work, Emilio Rangel underlines our impurity not only from a racial point of view, but from an identity one, and at the same time conclusively highlights the “monstrous” beings we have become.