Knowledge as Seed, Seed as Memory
A participatory performance
by WEAVING REALITIES COLLECTIVE
in collaboration with SUUMIL COLLECTIVE
Guest Speaker: WIEDJAI DIHAL
This performance focuses on the introduction and welcoming of members into a community. Inspired by the Hetzmeek ritual of the cycle of life, death and rebirth held by Mayan communities, this performance is an invitation to learn from ancestral knowledges, to delink from the narrative of the contemporary that consumes life as a commodity. What are the tools that can help us reflect on different areas in our lives? What tools are needed along the important walk of re-membering ourselves as Earth beings?
After the performance, there will be a short lecture The Secret of El Dorado: Agro-Ecology, the Tradition of the Future by Wiedjai Dihal from the Spagen neighborhood, followed by a conversation with Weaving Realities and Suumil.
Weaving Realities Collective
Weaving Realities is an artist collective that organizes public performances and workshops around the concept of “sentipensar”, thinking through feeling, and the concept of “practical decolonization”, which aims to re-educate ourselves into living in harmony with each other and with nature. The collective consists of Yuchen Li and Aldo Esparza Ramos, who are based in Amsterdam.
SUUMIL MÓOKT’AAN collective
We are a collective located in the community of Sinanché, Yucatán, in southern Mexico and we are part of the generation that is returning to the soil, to find back the ancestral ways of living together with others. We are practicing collective solutions to the challenges that we are facing as Mayan people today, such as the impossibility to live off the land and artisanal fishing, due to the devastation of the soil by the invasion of monoculture, agrochemicals and the climate crisis. These circumstances have led to the displacement of several generations to the cities in the pursuit of support for their families. We return to our Mayan ways of building houses, cultivating milpa, and taking care of the seeds and native bees, thus regenerating our ways of inhabiting the territory. The guest of the collective is Valiana Aguilar based in Sinanche, Mexico who will be temporarily in the Netherlands in spring 2022.
PART OF THE EXHIBITION
Spinning the Spindle Towards Pluritopia
ALDO E. RAMOS