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Naomi Rincón Gallardo. Tzitzimime Trilogy

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Reclaiming Resilience
16 Jun - 17 Sep 2023
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Naomi Rincón Gallardo, "Eclipse", 2023 Foto: Claudia Lopez Terroso

The Tzitzimime Trilogy by Mexican artist Naomi Rincón Gallardo includes her two earlier films —Verses of Filth (2021) and Sonnet of Vermin (2022)— and an entirely new film, Eclipse, premiered at La Casa Encendida in Madrid.

Location: Sala A

The Tzitzimime were female deities in Aztec mythology. As such, they were related to fertility and rainfall, yet feared for their ability to descend to Earth and devour men during solar eclipses, when it was feared that darkness would prevail forever. Powerful Mesoamerican deities play central roles in Rincón Gallardo’s films, in which pre-Hispanic cosmology meets queer futurity in a bleak landscape of planetary cataclysm. Her films’ characters are born out of local and planetary ecological emergencies, current and historic injustice and patriarchal oppression, carrying no illusion of a “bright” future:

Adapted to the ruins

We don’t demand a future

We metabolize toxins

one more dose of cyanide!

Deep in their political and critical messages, the films, however, don’t stay in the dry land of theory. On the contrary, their explosive surrealist aesthetics, music, performances, DIY costumes, sculptures and humour generate potent fables of “staying with the trouble” in creative, non-normative ways. While pre-colonial deities roam around wastelands and uninhabitable zones—produced by the capitalist ongoing greedy extraction of resources—they befriend animals, non-human creatures, fragmented body parts and underworld characters. Together, they search for ways of resilience, resurrection and re-existence in this cataclysmic world. Embodied pleasure, desire and solidarity are their weapons of survival.

The Tzitzimime Trilogy, in which the worlds of the dead, the undead and the living merge together without any visible boundaries, ends with Eclipse—an event of cosmic proportions dreaded by people in the past. An eclipse heralds a culmination to the multiple endings of worlds that are accelerating and intensifying in an era of collapse. The Sun is devoured by the Moon, darkness triumphs and the Tzitzimime descent upon Earth to eat up men—it is the planet itself that takes on an action of cosmic self-defence.

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  • The piece Eclipse was commissioned by the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, with the support of La Casa Encendida, Artes Mundi and La Virreina Center de la Imatge.

    With the courtesy of Parallel Oaxaca.

    Sound mask production supported by iii:

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Naomi Rincón Gallardo. Tzitzimime Trilogy

16 Jun 10 - 21 h