Día Internacional de la Mujer

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El viernes 8 de marzo fue el Día Internacional de la Mujer. A las 4 p.m. de ese día, el Centro Hemisférico invitó a la sociedad civil a participar en una acción colaborativa que ocupó las escaleras de la iglesia de Guadalupe al final del Andador Guadalupano de San Cristóbal. Así, empezando frente a la iglesia, los 60 participantes colocaron tiras de papel blanco sobre los frentes de todos sus escalones en las cuales escribieron en conjunto las líneas de “Ésta que soy,” un poema de la poeta chiapaneca Mirtha Luz Pérez Robledo.

Después de colocar las líneas del poema en su lugar, tanto los participantes como los espectadores subieron las escaleras de nuevo para dejar recuerdos, fotos e imágenes de mujeres muertas y vivas. Pusieron velas al lado derecho de la instalación urbana y dejaron flores en medio de todos los 46 escalones usados en la construcción del poema. La acción se cerró en el pie de las escaleras donde hablaron Martha Figueroa, una abogada local que representa a las víctimas de la violencia hacía la mujer; el padre de Itzel Janet Méndez-Pérez, una víctima del feminicidio que ha servido como una inspiración para las acciones del Centro en contra del feminicidio; la tía de Itzel; y una poeta local que leyó el poema mientras el público miraba su manifestación física.

Friday, March 8 was International Women’s Day, a holiday that Centro Hemisférico chose to commemorate via a collaborative action that took place that day at 4 PM on the stairs leading to the Church of Guadalupe, located at the end of San Cristóbal’s most-trafficked andador. Beginning at the top of the stairs and in front of the church, the 60 participants placed strips of white paper on the fronts of the church’s steps on which they wrote, one by one, the lines to “Ésta que soy” (“That Which I Am”), a poem by the Chiapanecan poet Mirtha Luz Pérez Robledo.

After placing the lines in their proper places, both the participants and the onlookers who had gathered during the hour-long installation walked up the stairs once more to leave trinkets, photos, and images of inspiring women, dead and alive. Working together, a group of volunteers placed candles along the right side of the poem and left flowers in the middle of all 46 stairs used to construct the urban poem. The action closed at the foot of the stairs with words from Martha Figueroa, a local lawyer who represents victims of gender-based violence; the father of Itzel Janet Méndez-Pérez, a victim of femicide whose story has inspired Centro’s actions against the epidemic; Itzel’s aunt; and a local poet who read the poem while the public read its physical counterpart.

08.03.13- “Ésta que soy,” Día Internacional de la Mujer

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Arte Acción is an interdisciplinary platform located in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas that focuses on developing public performance programming and linking different social groups together in order to promote diverse forms of human development through diverse, continual activities geared towards increasing public awareness, personal reflection and the creation of artistic and political projects. It is a platform first developed with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in collaboration with Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya (FOMMA), a theatre troupe of indigenous women. Arte Acción, encompasses public lectures, roundtables, performances, public actions and projections seeking to promote, present and archive performative practices as a social, cultural and political in it's collaboration and research with local, national, and international communities.