original 20 min performance sped up and looped. 12.05
ALMITA, which translates to ‘Little Soul’, is a series of self-portrait videos from an original 20 minute performance, sped up to capture an essence of a particular Mayan calendar day, Ben. Master astronomers and calendar keepers, the Maya study the most accurate calendar known to date. Ben translates to the Cloudy Cane and has a strong quality of creative Justice.
Colonization has commodified culture, relegated great civilizations to cheap folk art markets where nobody buys what’s selling anymore. Day in and day out, loss of culture and assimilation are the real cost of the injustice of capitalistic neo-colonialism.
This piece is a self-portrait performance reflection on the artist not wanting to be a merchant or to create commercial work, and the struggle of women workers in Mesoamerican markets which have been around for hundreds of years called Tianguis.