Harina

Time based, multi-media installation / performance

Informed from the interrelated spaces of a historic hacienda and the neighboring town of Maravatio Mexico, installation and performance is situated in a caretaker’s kitchen at the hacienda of The Guapamacátaro Center for Art and Ecology.  The audience of local residents access the performance through a window into the caretaker’s kitchen.

The performance, as a time based research practice, includes reorganizing historical figures, places and objects, as well as the artist herself through the fabrication of pop-up books, into a visual narrative. First person video and audio recordings are the soundtrack and video projection inside the caretakers kitchen. 400 lbs of flour is moved and arranged onto the caretaker’s kitchen floor.  Baking techniques learned from local matriarchs allow the artist access into a local tradition that she learns and uses to make  gifts of thanks for the community.

Using the caretaker’s original wood fired adobe oven, the performance day begins by baking 32 sweet breads, which are packaged and presented to each audience member through the viewing window as a gesture of gratitude, thus ending the 30 day project.

Pop-up books include photography, drawings and detritus from the hacienda and the town of Maravatio.

The video is a first person study of the spaces and sounds I moved through while in Guapamacátaro and Maravatio.

Photography by Juan Luis Zegarra Queirolo, Ian Gunn, Liz Lessner, Laura Curry, Roberta Petzoldt.  Video photography support by Juan Luis Zegarra Queirolo, and Lilyana Gcuellar