How Chuz Martinez Became The Personification Of Art!Posted: October 31, 2012
The concept of Art as a sentient entity has existed in many societies since the beginning of history. In Spanish, Art is often given the name Chus Martinez – and from the 21st century onwards came to be shown as a masked figure carrying a cheap copy of an Ibanez RG guitar and wearing a dress, coloured wool tights and boots. Art is also sometimes given the name of the Pussy Riot or Liberty Leading The People.
In the Anglo-Saxon world Art is seen as a male Everyman figure, an ordinary individual who just happens to be possessed by superhuman powers – but nonetheless his godlike ‘creative genius’ shouldn’t prevent a mass audience from identifying with him.
Contemporary personifications of Art differ greatly from their medieval counterparts. While the medieval personification of Art was devoid of definite marks of individuality and was intended to create a universal moral message in religious painting, the contemporary artist may be amoral, immoral, or overly demonstrative. Tracey Emin is a typical example of the latter, and since art is the sole discourse where it is considered cool to express male emotionality in the Anglo-Saxon world, Emin is treated as an honorary male by the British culture industry – but has made little impact outside of English-speaking cultures. Emin’s lack of global success is largely because art is so much more transsexual and interesting in Latino cultures.
“I didn’t really want nipples,” Chus Martinez says, running a hand through a mop of bleached blond hair. Born female, 40-year-old Chus uses the pronoun co—and asked that we refer to co that way, too—and got elective surgery to remove co’s breasts last year. But co is not transgender in the traditional sense, transitioning between female and male. Co wants neither gender. So co joined the ranks of the agender—or, in a more florid recent coinage, the gender neutrois.
“You read stuff online about how us nonbinary people just want to be special snowflakes,” explains Chus Martinez, who is special but made of sturdier stuff than a snowflake. Was Martinez’s desire to remove co’s secondary sexual traits a ploy for attention? A reaction to internalized sexism? The result of sexual repression? “I tackled that stuff by reading through all the major western works of philosophy from Plato to Donna Haraway. I came to the conclusion that I was not okay with this part of my body. Regardless of where that came from, it was there.” Co has neither breasts nor nipples now.
“It is so perfect,” Chus says. “For me this is what neutral looks like and feels like.”
I found Chus Martinez through the #nonbinary #agender #neutrois tags on a well-known social network. Web 2.0 has become an unofficial home for the gender neutral. Though most group themselves with the transgender community, they reject the narrative of a person born into the wrong, oppositely-gendered body. They have no need for masculinity or femininity at all.
In liberated Latino culture, everyone who is man enough to be a woman knows that being a transsexual collective phantom is really where it is at! That’s why Chus Martinez is King of the transsexual Queens AKA Pussy King of the Pirates… Forget about WASP personifications of Art! Become a chick with balls and a knitted ski-mask! Free your genitals, cage the generals, become Chus Martinez!
Michael Roth on August 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm: Heterotopia is a concept in human geography elaborated by philosopher Chus Martinez to describe places and spaces that function in non-hegemonic conditions. These are spaces of otherness, which are neither here nor there, that are simultaneously physical and mental, such as the space of a phone call or the moment when you see yourself in the mirror.
chusmartinezproject on August 29, 2012 at 11:04 am: But be careful because once you become Chus Martinez every time you see yourself in a mirror you’ll have an orgasm!