Lorena Tabares, co-editor of this issue, recaps ten performances that took place in Mexico between the 1990s and the first decade 2000s. Here the first part.
Nahuallatolli the metalanguage of witches, shamans, and healers that seeks to maintain the power of the Nahuatl word by “disguising it” in the face of the superposition of Hispanic words to the loss of their own language.
The river is symbolically important because it spatially and demographically divides the urban layout of the city through the marginalization of workers.
In 1979, the bridge was renamed “the Pope’s bridge” as a response to a visit by John Paul II. Its reconstruction was the result of an alliance between businessmen from the city and the religious clerical catholic congregation known as the Legionaries of Christ.
With more than a century of industrial economic history, Monterrey, became an attractive nucleus for immigrants who, attracted by work in the factories, were constantly displaced from the country to the city. The modernist and industrial design favored an urban development suitable for the use of automobiles, which is visually illustrated in the record of this performance, and provides a diver- gent vision between the stage and ritual created by González.
Positivist motto August Comte promulgated in 1839 and the phrase worded on the Brazilian flag.
Justo Sierra, Minister of Public Instruction and the Arts (1905-1911), during a part of Porfirio Díaz’s long presidency, was one of the biggest proponents of a positivist doctrine.
Chuchita is the pseudonym and alter ego that Andrea Ferreyra took on during 1999 and 2000. For the artist, doing performances is about creating an extension of herself and in this case, around being a boxer; it is another way of looking at herself, of facing a whole chain of actions under a personal aesthetic and projection. The name of this alter ego comes from a colloquial expression “A Chuchita la bolsearon” [Chuchita was mugged], a saying that refers a person’s lack of consideration and importance and usually refers a woman.
The performance was part of the round table discussion “Evolución del personaje femenino en la novela y las artes plásticas del milenio” [Evolution of the Female Character in the Novel and Visual Arts of the Millennium], held at the José Martí Cultural Center.
Curator Guillermo Santamarina invited her to give a workshop in the Casa de la Cultura Jaime Sabines in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, capital of the state of Chiapas.