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To inaugurate the Proyector section, an online cinema focused on video works related to the thematic framework of the current issue of the magazine, Naomi Rincón Gallardo presents her work Resiliencia Tlacuache accompanied by a conversation with the academic Laura G. Gutiérrez.
2019, HD video, sound, 16:01
Video available until November 19
For more information about this work and other by the artist, visit her website.
We are witnessing the intensification of colonial expansion at a planetary level, where we debate on to whom the world, the air, the earth, minerals, bodies, the workforce, and even subjectivities belong to—as well as who must live and whom we must kill or let die.
LGG: Resiliencia Tlacuache centers on what we now call Oaxaca and on the feminine and ancestral forces that fights against these pedagogies of cruelty. During the opening of the video, I was impacted by meeting Rosalinda Dionicio, to whom you dedicate the artwork. How did this come to be?
NRG: I am indebted to women* that have opened spaces and bridged gaps where I have been able to find inspiration, orientation, refuge, clarity, and strength. In my work I try and inter-animate epistemic intersections between the legacies of Black, decolonial, and intersectional feminisms, as well as cuir/queer critique and theory.
Of course, there are frictions between these perspectives, but I aspire to build a “Mundo Zurdo” as Gloria Anzaldúa imagined: a self-defined place of relational difference that can generate transformations through the articulation of particular affinities.
You are right; I have borrowed Saidiya Hartman’s term that refers to the work of telling impossible histories that do not reproduce the grammar of violence; or rather the work of telling counter-histories as compensations/forms of reparation. I tried to weave this narrative task with a mythical dimension, as my work is nourished by Mesoamerican epistemes that manifest in myths and legends. Mesoamerican myths are an interest of mine because they are lived testimonials of ancestral thoughts and symbolisms, that account for pluriversal worlds where human, non-human, and cosmic creatures interrelate in mutual reciprocity and interdependence.
NRG: José Esteban Muñoz has been an important compass in my work to think of queer (or rather, cuir) horizons, and sketch out worlds opposite to the present for a future that is not yet here.
I am interested in creating conditions that foster a space for connection where differences can brush against each other, where land activism, sex and gender dissident expressions, indignation, and pleasure stoke desire’s vital pulse in the fight to build other worlds.
That is why, when I invite others to collaborate/conspire with me, it is as if I were planning a party, or rather, as if I were inviting them to venture on building a sense of community (ephemeral as it may be) and the promise of a vibrant, pleasurable, playful time, outside of heteronormative time. In this sense, I agree with Audre Lorde when she speaks about the power of the erotic to take intimacy seriously and its possibility to touch/move others in a political project.
NRG: Resiliencia Tlacuache is nourished by grassroots ways of knowing and practices: Rosy’s incarnate words on political organizing through assembling conversations on ritualistic healing practices with my istmeña friend and curator/healer Claudia López Terroso, compilations of myths that keep the notion of co-presence of different scales alive, life-worlds, and temporalities, forms of orality such as hip-hop and Son Jarocho verses, vernacular modes of handcrafting objects and outfits, Chichis Glam’s contributions to the temptations of cuir burlesque cabaret, and the incredibly creative mode of relationality, pleasure, intoxication, and resilience that a place like Oaxaca knows very well how to invoke and provoke.
Resiliencia Tlacuache was filmed in Oaxaca, Mexico.
– The Mount: Luis Enrique García
– Agave: Chichis Glam
– Tlacuache: Naomi Rincón Gallardo
– Lady 9 Reed: Diana Gómez Córdova
Cinematography: Masha Godovannaya
Photographic record: Claudia López Terroso
Electronic sound effects: Enrique Arriaga
Direct sound: Konk Balam Díaz
The Mount (voice-over): Claudia López Terroso
Soñé con los naguales (voice-over): Naomi Rincón Gallardo
Tlacuache (lyrics): Naomi Rincón Gallardo. Music: Fernando Guadarrama. Voice: Paulina Jiménez. Jaranas: Oliver Martínez Kandt y Fernando Guadarrama
Fermentada, adulterada, hiperfertilizada (lyrics): Naomi Rincón Gallardo. Music and voice: Chichis Glam
Rosy (lyrics): Naomi Rincón Gallardo. Rappers: Yadhi Boz ft Doma.
Props: Naomi Rincón Gallardo
Tlacuache mask: Ezequiel Marín “Máscaras”
Seamstress: Mayra Angélica Cernas
Lighting: Jakob Aguilar
Thanks to Organización Comunitaria Tepelmeme, Pollos Bar, Pablo Arellanes, Lorena Ancona, and Moisés García.
Resiliencia Tlacuache was produced with the support of FWK/ Peek/ Dis/possession: Post-Participatory Aesthetics and the Pedagogies of Land, and Parallel Oaxaca.