The video was filmed on the morning of mass demonstrations across Mexico, where millions turned out to protest the missing 43 students and widespread corruption in government.
In a central square, a public sculpture exhibition was being held, showcasing largely European or Eurocentric artists. As a form of protection against the waywardness of the protest, officials had these sculptures wrapped up in polythene. A transparent layer of resistance.
Over the top of the video I layered a text from Bernal Diaz’s ‘The True History of the Conquest of New Spain’, the only surviving personal account of Hernan Cortes’ invasion of Mexico. The text speaks about the destruction of an area of Mexico City, and how fertile it once was. On either side, the video is shadowed by two extracts from street side adverts for Hollywood movies. Two silent white faces, lip split where the posters don’t meet up, skin scuffed by the shoulders of crowds on their way to work.
As I process my experience in Mexico, this work looks to my position as being white and European, immediately an outsider yet still aware that I bare a historic responsibility for the rupture of the country. Again as an artist, this work looks at the recurring colonisation of Europe and the USA, through cultural insertions into public spaces.