Text "What is a rest if not a weapon?" published in the set of booklets "Paisaje, Ciudad y Delito", the product of a series of lectures about violence, city and landscape giving voice to positions coming from the arts, sociology and activism.
Organized by Ana Cadena and Futuro Moncada
Publication design by Futuro Moncada
Photographs by Sandra Leal, Calixto Ramírez, and Ana Cadena, who were constant moral supporters of this endeavor.
Thanks to visitors and participants, especialmente a Lilya Palacios y Elvira Ramos por su sabiduría e ímpetu.
The MONUMENT OF EXCHANGE MEMORIAL
The Moment of Exchange Memorial commemorates an event which narratives originated in different contexts and exist in different forms, clashing in a specific space and time proposed by the artist. Historical and supernatural instances, dreams and scientific research, cultural discrepancies, the varied ecologies in and out of this world, etc., are put together through different artistic formats and by using social artistic practices such as public sculptures, interviews, conversations and collaborations.
The issue of purposely making narratives coming from different sets of origins encounter, prompts a set of problematics in which the artist must deal with the happening of what the exchange, collision, juxtaposition, interlacing or pairing of them can create. What happens before, during and in the moment after, is always influenced by the artistic strategies and objects generated throughout the time it lasts.
The Moment of Exchange Memorial is really a strategy of work that deals with memory, the language of history, globalization, multicultural identities, politics and media, which influence the common consciousness of societies. The purpose is to affect the stories that already have a preconceived place in our imaginaries, meaning that they have a previous relation with History and are a referent, by altering the opinion that the public might have of them in order to affect opinions towards further similar narratives.
As the collective Orphan Drift wrote, "the action that leads to melt borders of the natural, unnatural and the supernatural, can only happen in the uncanny [as a space], in the fundamental chaos of nature [as an event] or in an object [as a mesh or as a network of roots or veins that find a way across layers of thick cement.]" (1) I follow their proposal of finding a breach in the narratives by use of the magical, un-human, and strange. This project is based in the idea that the Moment of Exchange happens when people expect the unexpected, the uncanny, and a transformation. We do not fight change in this moment, as done in other moments of a process, because we already expect to perceive something that was unknown by us before.
(1) The things that knowledge cannot eat. Orphan Drift (2016) www.orphandriftarchive.com
2) Sources: “Reportajes de Alvarado, Nevada del ‘67” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv3DRsefdo0&t=4s , “Las Noticias - Recuerdan nevada histórica de 1967” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1Uh_VUG5wQ , “La nevada del 9 de enero de 1967” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_tBp0Hz_iI