Diosas Del Agua/Goddesses of Water    Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Diosas Del Agua/Goddesses of Water
Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  In 2015 I was invited to travel to Pachuca, Hidalgo MEXICO by the Contemporary Art organization FRONDA who engages their city in social art projects. FRONDA arranged for me to work with the National Family services organization DIF (Desarrollo Integral de La Familia) who oversees the care of children at risk (infant to sixteen). I spent two months working at one of DIF's facilities, Casa De Ninas, which cared for girls removed from their homes or found on the streets. Most of the children who are found on the streets are considered undocumented and are unable to attend school. It was these undocumented girls that DIF wanted me to work with. Diosas Del Agua was a process of learning about eight little known Aztec water goddesses. We embodying the characteristics and powers of these goddesses through performance art methodologies. A final performance was enacted in the facilities empty water fountain. The audience were the other girls plus the staff of the facility. With the assistance of FRONDA myself and the girls sought permission to perform in empty fountains around the city but after much deliberation permission was denied. An underlying aspect of this project, discussed among the adults, was the fact that the state of Hidalgo produces the most water in Mexico yet has the largest shortage of water in Mexico. 90% of the water produced in the mountains, valleys and rivers of Hidalgo is drained south to Mexico City were it supports over population, but mostly it is owned by the largest bottled water and drink corporation Jumex. This serious crisis around lack of water is made visible by the countless empty, ornate, colonial style water fountains scattered throughout Pachuca, the capital city of Hidalgo.

In 2015 I was invited to travel to Pachuca, Hidalgo MEXICO by the Contemporary Art organization FRONDA who engages their city in social art projects. FRONDA arranged for me to work with the National Family services organization DIF (Desarrollo Integral de La Familia) who oversees the care of children at risk (infant to sixteen). I spent two months working at one of DIF's facilities, Casa De Ninas, which cared for girls removed from their homes or found on the streets. Most of the children who are found on the streets are considered undocumented and are unable to attend school. It was these undocumented girls that DIF wanted me to work with. Diosas Del Agua was a process of learning about eight little known Aztec water goddesses. We embodying the characteristics and powers of these goddesses through performance art methodologies. A final performance was enacted in the facilities empty water fountain. The audience were the other girls plus the staff of the facility. With the assistance of FRONDA myself and the girls sought permission to perform in empty fountains around the city but after much deliberation permission was denied. An underlying aspect of this project, discussed among the adults, was the fact that the state of Hidalgo produces the most water in Mexico yet has the largest shortage of water in Mexico. 90% of the water produced in the mountains, valleys and rivers of Hidalgo is drained south to Mexico City were it supports over population, but mostly it is owned by the largest bottled water and drink corporation Jumex. This serious crisis around lack of water is made visible by the countless empty, ornate, colonial style water fountains scattered throughout Pachuca, the capital city of Hidalgo.

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

  Casa De Ninas  -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Casa De Ninas Pachuca, Mexico 2015

   L’Occulte/Occulta   -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

L’Occulte/Occulta - Pachuca, Mexico 2015

   L’Occulte/Occulta   -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

L’Occulte/Occulta - Pachuca, Mexico 2015

   Untitled Performance   -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Untitled Performance - Pachuca, Mexico 2015

   Untitled Performance   -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Untitled Performance - Pachuca, Mexico 2015

   Untitled Performance   -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Untitled Performance - Pachuca, Mexico 2015

   Untitled Performance    -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Untitled Performance - Pachuca, Mexico 2015

   Untitled Performance   -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Untitled Performance - Pachuca, Mexico 2015

   Carlos Iván Cruz Islas collaboration   -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Carlos Iván Cruz Islas collaboration - Pachuca, Mexico 2015

   Carlos Iván Cruz Islas collaboration   -  Pachuca, Mexico   2015

Carlos Iván Cruz Islas collaboration - Pachuca, Mexico 2015

   Carlos Iván Cruz Islas collaboration   -  Pachuca, Mexico 2015

Carlos Iván Cruz Islas collaboration - Pachuca, Mexico 2015

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Mystic Lab, Żywiec Folk Festival - Poland 2015

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Three Norns - Poland 2015

   Three Norns     -  Poland   2015

Three Norns - Poland 2015

   Three Norns     -  Poland   2015

Three Norns - Poland 2015

   Three Norns     -  Poland   2015

Three Norns - Poland 2015

   Three Norns     -  Poland   2015

Three Norns - Poland 2015

   Three Norns     -  Poland   2015

Three Norns - Poland 2015

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Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec - Montreal, Quebec - 2005

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After: bench - Dawson City, Yukon - 2004

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Before: bank - Dawson City, Yukon - 2004

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After: bank - Dawson City, Yukon - 2004

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Homegrown Festival - Whitehorse, Yukon - 2004

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Printed matter bumper sticker - edition - 2004

 

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I'd Rather Be Snow Shoveling bus shelter posters at the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad as part of Endlessly Traversed Landscapes public spaces exhibition - 2010

I'd Rather Be Snow Shoveling

Video excerpt's from I'd Rather Be Snow Shoveling video.