Somos Semillas (Land + Freedom)
Somos Semillas (2021) – a performance install-action in collaboration with my father Alfredo Hau. Inspired by the legacy of the 1994 struggle for autonomous land rights of the EZLN (the Zapatista Army of National Liberation) of southern Mexico.
We explored traditional farming techniques and the lore and legends of indigenous corn maize, to create a multisensory experience using soil, paper rolls, corn maize cobs, wooden dibber, sage smudge stick, Zapatista dress, and an accompanying evocative soundscape.
We had intended to write the famous protest phrase “They tried to bury us, but they forgot we were seeds” but we opted for the simpler slogan made famous by the Mexican Revolutionary Emiliano Zapata “Tierra y Libertad” – which we translated into the indigenous language of Yucatec Mayan and English “Lu’um + Je’ela‘” // “Land + Freedom”
[Extract from Blog article accessed on Coventry Arts Space]
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