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Issue 10

Fayuquerxs

09.10.2017 - 18.12.2017

Co-edited by Pilar Tompkins Rivas

Smuggling is a counter-hegemonic practice of dissent and subversion often used in the artistic, social or economic fields to move information, objects, and bodies through oppressive boundaries. Indeed, the systems that direct us all seem stiff but hide cracks, which offer the possibility of subverting their structures by disguising subjectivities, and making use of the tensions between legality and illegality, visibility and invisibility, to disrupt values and limits.

A fayuquero, in Mexican colloquial Spanish, is a person “who is dedicated to selling the merchandise acquired through smuggling.” While the free market, with NAFTA-type or the Pacific Alliance regulations, recommends the effective and fluid circulation of objects and goods, its vision limited by capitalism, does not contemplate the plurality found in the diversity of human beings to also include marginalized bodies, identities, and ideas. The real fayuca to be threaded to the mainstream in our time, beyond screens and microwaves, would not be the progressive ideals that have drowned in the slow shipwreck of the modern left? Or also, those initiatives that challenge the hegemonic order?

In this issue of Terremoto, we will talk about the ability of the art to move away from secrecy to openly criticize the reality, a dangerous right that has been conquered throughout history. We will recognize the ambiguity of the relationship we have with the systems of power that make us visible (at their convenience), that provide us with the resources to operate, or on the contrary, try to disappear us, both in relation to the institution and the market. We will honestly assess our aspirations of independence from the economic to the conceptual and ethical, considering dissent, disguise, and trap as possible and perhaps still desirable resources.

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"Butchalis de Panochtitlan". Photo by Héctor Silva. Image courtesy of Raquel Gutiérrez

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