The artist Rafiki Sánchez, from the Yucatán region of Mexico, worked collaboratively with nine neighbors from Santa María la Ribera for almost a year. The group formed following a series of public sessions about thanatology that took place at Casa Gallina. This program was designed and coordinated by the artist along with professionals in the field. Throughout this co-participation process, Sánchez and his group devised a project related to the absence of the body and how to hide it in an imagined refuge.
The result was an installation that consists of a mantle that refers to a relic or liturgical object with epitaphs embroidered by the neighbors, as well as ash and a photographic panorama that record the burning of the structure-refuge. The ash, part of the final work, is the result of the pyre of a conical reed structure that symbolizes the place where the body will rest vertically. Before the fire, with the mantle still inside, the group of co-participants approach the structure-refuge in the manner of a farewell to the mourning that each one carries inside them, hiding-veiling their own body as if it were that other that they would no longer see.
Curators: Osvaldo Sánchez and Violeta Celis
Final Project: Installation with embroidered mantel, the ash of a refuge-structure, and a panorama of photos that record the burning of that structure.
Production coordinators: Sergio Olivares and Mariano Arribas
Production of the mantle: Francisco Eduardo López Martínez, Juan Carlos Hernández García and Jorge Martínez Marcelo/ Photography: Ramiro Chaves
Location: Patricia Carrasco
Co-participants: Luz María Coronado Morán, Arturo Meneses García, Irina Morales Palomares, Teresa Benítez Romero, Victoria Rosas Jiménez, Alexa Varela Mejía, Olga Haydeé, Refugio Sosa García, Gabriela García Sevilla and Guadalupe Malváez Moreno
Interlocutors: María José de la Macorra, Miguel Rodríguez Sepúlveda and Julio García Murillo
The exhibition Mobilizing affections: Co-participation and local insertion, three artistic projects, Edgardo Aragón, CADU, Rafiki Sánchez held at the Amparo Museum and the Soy Mandala exhibition at the Jumex Museum were made possible thanks to the support of the Buenaventura Foundation through Production National Visual Arts made with fiscal stimulus of article 190 of the LISR (EFIARTES).