“Drawing inspiration from John Donne’s poem, “No man is an island,” this creative exploration portrays the incoherence of the individualist ideology which COVID-19 outbreak has unveiled. Since “we are involved in mankind” all human needs have the same weight. A clod is to a continent like a person’s death is to a loss.
The storytelling questions western hegemony, hyper-individualism, capitalism and one of the most harmful contagions: lack of empathy.
The lockdown triggered in me several questions about human nature and our interdependence with the rest of the species and ecosystems. As an artist I feel it’s my responsibility to expose the hidden and denied chapters of our personal and shared narratives.”
No man one is on an the island by Astrid Mendez
Astrid Mendez – Creative Director
Melissa Rodriguez – Camera and Post-production
Jean Hooker – Sound Design
ABOUT ASTRID MENDEZ
For more than fourteen years, Astrid Mendez has been artfully weaving her training as a designer with her inner most passion for theatre and puppetry.
In 2006 Astrid obtained a degree as an industrial designer from Universidad de Chile. Since then she has been collaborating and creating work for theatre companies from Chile, Australia, Czech Republic and Spain.
Her first solo puppet performance, ‘The Pilgrim,’ came into existence in 2015. Since its creation, it has been presented in Latin America, Australia and Europe receiving excellent reviews from audiences, prizes from festivals and funding grants from Creative Victoria.
This fulfilling journey has been pushing Astrid to continue exploring in her personal journey of migration which has proved to be an outlet for truly developing her creative skills as a catalyst to foster and nourish her artwork.
This year she was granted with a scholarship to pursue her studies in arts and puppetry in Europe in 2021-2022.
Image credit: Astrid Mendez. Photo by Marcela Navarro.