El puro lugar

After a depth research and the creation of the relevant Archive we choose three highly violent events from the history of Xalapa. First, the beating of 9 actors from Xalapa who were brutally beaten in a theater of Mexico City in 1981, while they performed the play Cúcara y Mácara, by Óscar Liera. The second one occurred in June 2015, when 8 young students from the University of Veracruz were attacked with sticks, bats, and torches byan armed command formed by 10 people in a room of 3×4 meters. The third one is the murder, on 1924 of 10 magonist workers who are now remembered as the “August 28th Martyrs” and whose names baptize the streets located in the vicinity of the room in which those students were beaten in 2015. Three acts of violence committed in different periods in time but sharing a suspicious symetry that make us think that violence and the shapes it takes are almost routine practices carried out by repressive govern­ments in order to apply excessive and exemplary punishment, to install fear and to safeguard impunity, looting and spoils. El Puro Lugar is a room made even denser by violence, a space of production of fear, which we tried to turn into a space of vital and artistic production after inhabiting it during 6 “chapters”, while being accompa­nied by 100 spectators in the city of Xalapa, Veracruz. The vestiges and apparitions product of that in situ made between April and August 2016 have been consigned as materials, objects, atmospheres, allegories that relate a time and an experience, namely: the time of the “other fog” in Xalapa, not it’s a traditional fog, but that turbulent atmosphere that was breathed and still suddenly breathes at the same time that the fear, and the experience of this process in which the only will of presence of the “spectwalkers” we read as a political gesture before the astonishment or collective indolence that have oppressed the inhabitants of Veracruz.



Creación in Situ / Dirección: Jorge A. Vargas* / Concepto y textos: Alejandro Flores Valencia y Jorge A. Vargas* / Dirección artística ORTEUV: Luis Mario Moncada

*Miembro del Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte, del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes
Proyecto apoyado por el Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes.



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