OUT NOW! Mercedes Azpilicueta: Bestiary of Tonguelets / Bestiaro de Lengüitas / Bestiaire des petites langues — FEB 2024

Processing Process

Bestiary of Tonguelets / Bestiario de Lengüitas / Bestiare des petites langues is Mercedes Azpilicueta’s so-far most comprehensive—evolving—project. It began in dialogue with curator Virginie Bobin in Paris in 2017 and follows the thread of a script written for a performance that has yet to take place. Using local, obsolete knowledge systems, “neobarroso” poems, failed translations, and ambiguous ingredients, Bestiario de Lengüitas stages a choir of grotesque characters who try to maintain chaos and excess in a world calling for order, efficiency, and transparency. Azpilicueta pays a tribute to “proto-scientific” knowledge primarily disseminated among women—such as midwives and witches—before religion, capitalism, and modern medicine silenced them. The uncanny contaminations that occur
 between plants and bodies were fed by several encounters in the streets of Paris, the Botanical garden of Madrid, and the magical forests of Bolzano—thus generating a new embodied cartography of knowledge that transpires through scripts, drawings, and artworks by mobilizing storytelling, fables, and the reactivation of ancient rituals.

Mercedes Azpilicueta: Bestiary of Tonguelets / Bestiario de Lengüitas / Bestiaire de petites langues — Processing Process. With essays by Mercedes Azpilicueta, Virginie Bobin, Simone Frangi, Elena Lespes Muñoz, Vanina Scovilano as well as a conversation between Mercedes Azpilicueta and Faye Campbell. Design by K. Verlag with Wolfgang Hückel & Katharina Tauer.


English with French/Italian/Spanish parts

14 x 21 cm

204 pages

Full color images

Softcover, thread-sewn, with dust jacket and open spine

ISBN 978-3-947858-52-1

€ 29


Published in February 2024