The matriarchal values and methods of food production are at the core of Orthós. The works of art present in this section are intertwined with issues of food production, democratic participation in and sharing of resources, aesthetics of the land and produce, and cultural politics of food.
The politics of work, in particular matriarchal structures and working methods, are a challenge to the established and enforced politics of patriarchal capitalistic values that define what is worthy and what is unworthy. These are systems that are challenged by methods of food production that are based on intergenerational exchanges of knowledge and strength, familial participation in production and harvesting, and in an symbiotic engagement with the land that coexists trough a precarious but inclusive equilibrium of a multiplicity of life forms.
It is through mutualism, association, and alliance that a vegetable patch becomes an architectural construct for something rather different, a re-imagining of life based on millenarian understandings that only in recent decades have become more widely accepted although always exploited for the maximum short term gains. The methodology does not necessary alter the objectives and a repositioning of the final goal, away from exploitation for disastrous economic formulas of greed, needs to be envisioned and achieved.
In this context of post-postmodern rejection of social values the politics of Orthós show the resistance and resilience of matriarchal values, albeit absconded and subconsciously transmitted from one generation to the next. These are values that continue to survive in spite of patriarchal aggression and capitalistic demeaning across belittled communities and ravaged lands.