NOCHIXTLÁN, 2018-2019
Nochixtlán 2016 (del I al III) / Nedle felt / 90x120cms
Nochixtlán (I, II, III and V) / Nedle felted wool / 90x120cms each
Nochixtlán 2016 (del I al III) / Nedle felt / 90x120cms
Nochixtlán 2016 (del I al III) / Nedle felt / 90x120cms
Nochixtlán (I, II, III and V) / Nedle felted wool / 90x120cms each
Nochixtlán 2016 (del I al III) / Nedle felt / 90x120cms
Nochixtlán 2016 (del I al III) / Nedle felt / 90x120cms
Nochixtlán (I, II, III and V) / Nedle felted wool / 90x120cms each
Nochixtlán 2016 (del I al III) / Nedle felt / 90x120cms
Nochixtlán 2016 (del I al III) / Nedle felt / 90x120cms
Nochixtlán (I, II, III and V) / Nedle felted wool / 90x120cms each
Nochixtlán 2016 (del I al III) / Nedle felt / 90x120cms
Nochixtlán 2016 (del I al III) / Nedle felt / 90x120cms
Nochixtlán (I, II, III and V) / Nedle felted wool / 90x120cms each
Nochixtlán 2016 (del I al III) / Nedle felt / 90x120cms
Nochixtlán 2016 (del I al III) / Nedle felt / 90x120cms
Nochixtlán (I, II, III and V) / Nedle felted wool / 90x120cms each
Nochixtlán 2016 (del I al III) / Nedle felt / 90x120cms

On June 19, 2016, in the community of Asuncion Nochixtlan (Oaxaca, Mexico), federal police attacked teachers and parents blockading highways to protest education reforms. The protesters defended themselves with stones and DIY bazookas as they blocked the roadway with burning buses. The police responded with tear gas cans, rubber bullets, and automatic rifle fire, which the authorities denied. According to official numbers, the confrontation left at least six dead and 108 people injured. The burnt buses remained untouched for almost a year becoming anti-monuments of the clash; they were used by the Teachers Union to stage a promotional video of their community-funded version of the Guelaguetza, a traditional dancing celebration of the region that, for many decades, has been coopted by the government.

In collaboration with master artisan Marcela Ortega from the community of Los Etlas, Oaxaca (located only 70 kms south of Nochixtlan) we created 6 needle-felted textiles based on press images from the conflict and its aftermath. Using wool to capture fire, these textiles memorialize the events in Nochixtlan and the teacher’s struggle for better working conditions, respect and a dignified life.

Group show at Enrique Guerrero Gallery, curated by: Gudrun Wallenböck

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