David Mendizábal: eat me!

Dear Friends,

I invite you to join me, Project Number One artist David Mendizábal, on Thursday, June 17th @ 7:30PM EST for the premiere of eat me! on Soho Rep’s YouTube Live.

They say that every seven years we essentially become new people, because in that time, every old cell in our body has been replaced by a new cell through a process known as autophagy.

Autophagy literally translates to “self-eating”, which got me thinking:

What are the parts of myself, or ideas I’ve held onto
that I would eat away if I could?
What would I replace those ideas with?

Over the past year of deep self-reflection and throughout this residency, I’ve been working on a project called eat me!, a cinematic ritual towards self-actualization and growth.

Inspired by an Ecuadorian ritual of preparing and eating “guaguas de pan” or bread babies, as a way to mourn those we’ve lost, this short film is both a release and a rebirth. It’s an examination of the relationship between creation and destruction, a return to a creative  process, and a move beyond my comfort zones towards a celebration of self-love.

Tune in on June 17.

Can’t wait to share myself with y’all!

David Francisco Mendizábal

P.S. Happy Pride!

eat me!

created & directed by david mendizábal
edited by yee eun nam 
music & sound design by mauricio escamilla
animation by jeromy velasco 
dramaturgy by alexandra meda

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