Claudia Joskowicz, ‘Some Dead Don’t Make a Sound (Hay muertos que no hacen ruido)’, 2015, Die Ecke Arte Contemporáneo

Some Dead Don’t Make a Sound (Hay muertos que no hacen ruido) uses the Mexican legend of the Weeping Woman, (La Llorona), as a metaphor for a nation in mourning. In its different versions, the legend preserves elements of its indigenous essence and represents time, the road to the underworld, death in the supernatural, and hopelessness in the everyday. La llorona knows of the fate of her descendants and is impotent to do anything about it. Therefore, she is emblematic of the despair of a nation- an inescapable reference to several violent events of the last decade that have taken place in the Mexican landscape, amongst them, the events of September 26, 2014, when 43 students of the Normal Rural School of Guerrero Raul Isidro Burgos were murdered and the violent protests of June 2006 after the eviction of a teachers’ strike in the city of Oaxaca’s main square. Registering shots of the city’s cotidian life in a slow and powerful journey from Oaxaca’s main square (el Zócalo) to the Teatro Macedonio Alcalá, this video captures the subtleties of pain and struggle present in those moments when the mundane is confused with the mystical.

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About Claudia Joskowicz

Bolivian, b. 1968, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia, based in New York, NY and Bolivia

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