This sound action was based on the interest in using the sound of the voice (specifically with choral groups) to interpret, replicate or deconstruct sounds that are not typical of the human voice, such as sounds of machines, of nature, of mathematical processes, mechanical and digital.
This project was built in three stages: a sound recording behind closed doors, a live act on the pier of Nowy Port, Gdansk, and a video installation. Syreny (Sirens) started with the idea of replicating with the voices of men and women the sound of the sirens of the ships.
This live-action was created in Nowy Port, a port which for years has ceased to be essential, and with it, it has imprinted of nostalgia and abandonment in the whole neighborhood, in which the choir “sang” the arrival of the boats back to the dock.
Reverencia (Reverence). Penachos Series is an installation composed of a traditional Mexican headdress, a choreography, an action recorded on video, and live activations that resignify a traditional dance called Danza de Los Quetzales.
Reverencia proposes a reinterpretation of the symbolic meaning of the movements of the Danza de Los Quetzales, as well as a translation of the symbolic elements of the “Penacho.”
After a collaboration with an artisan dedicated to making these garments, the artist decided to eliminate the bright colors and the festive movements of the dance to focus on the meaning of the duality of its symbolic terms. The result is a “Penacho” in black and white, and a new choreography concentrated in a pair of dancers and two movements: the reverence and the greeting to the four cardinal points. The reverence is the most significant movement of this dance when the dancers lean, they recognize themselves in their equality and celebrate the difference.
This dance is one of the few ceremonial dances that survived the evangelization crusade in Mesoamerica and is still danced in the Nahua-Totonaca region located between the Mexican states of Puebla and Veracruz. Although today it is rarely performed for the public, the religious prohibition did not deprive it of its ritual character.
In the prehispanic cultures, colors have specific symbology, for this reason, the only tone that could not be omitted was the color red, which represents the blood and gives life to the “Penacho.”
This project also establishes a historical connection with how Mexican governments presented the image of Mexico in world fairs, constructing a national imaginary through the representation of traditional dances and “stylized” regional garments.
Reverencia was shown for the first time at The Armory Show’s 2019 Platform by curated by Sally Tallant, where the curatorial starting point was the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the New York World’s Fair of 1939.
Group Exhibition: Organismos Articulados Organismen in Verbindung
Venue: Instituto Cultural de México en Alemania. Berlin, Germany
January 17. 2020
More information: https://embamex.sre.gob.mx/alemania/index.php/es/instituto-cultural