Rebeca Méndez

Ascent of Weaver/Ascenso de Tejedoras at MACO (2018)


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Ascent of Weavers / Ascenso de Tejedoras, 2018.
Three channel video installation

By Rebeca Méndez with the Hernández-Quero Family
In exhibition in BAJO LA BÓVEDA AZUL COBALTO at MACO, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca. Curated by Marietta Bernstorff. Opening reception: November 30, 2018. Open to the public. Hours: 1-3

For a world facing social and environmental crises, Ascent of Weavers is a call for awakening and action for collective healing of the earth. Entities of white, red, blue, and black embody cycles of the sun, the heavens, and the underworld and directions of human life in pre-Hispanic Zapotec civilization. The entities undertake a journey into Mictlan (Lyobaa in Zapotec)—the underworld of the Mixtec mythology—aided by Xolotl (a canine god), who leads them through the underworld’s nine levels. Here they are challenged by piercing winds and crushing mountains, finally crossing rivers of blood to emerge as goddesses of weaving (Tlazolteotl, or Nohuichana in Zapotec)—warriors leading us to a more just, equitable, and sustainable relationship with our planet.

Video installation by Rebeca Méndez with the Hernández-Quero Family
Director: Rebeca Méndez
Cast: Evelyn Méndez Maldonado, Gildardo Hernández Quero, Rodrigo Hernández Quero, Reina García Martínez, Liliana Hernández García, Mariana Juárez Contreras; Alexa Guadalupe Martínez Santiago
Cinematographer: Gabriel Noguez
Editors: Addie Liang and Gabriel Noguez
Colorist: Eric DeHeaven
Music: Drew Schnurr
Foley Sound: Dale Strumpell
Installation system designer: Carlos Garcia
Research and Production: Maru García
Assistant Designer: Angaea Cuna
Sound assistant: Juan Robles
Editor assistant: Juan Carlos Santibañes Miguel
A Rebeca Méndez Studio and MACO production

MACO Staff:
Cecilia Mingüer, Director; Guadalupe Cortes, Exhibitions Coordinator; Oscar Montaño Aragón, Administrative Assistant, Enrique Olvaldo Maldonado, Driver.

Special thanks to:
Cecilia Mingüer, MACO; Marietta Bernstorff, MACO; Gabriel Noguez and Jesse Chorng, Ceremony, NY; Brian Collins, Collins; Alexei Tylevich, LOGAN, LA; Christina De León, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; José Luis Noria, Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca; Mitla Archaeological Site Staff.

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