66 hours, in collaboration with Yátzil Ikal Uc
In 2017 the middle part of my body turned into space: a temporary place for a growing seed which provoked the creation of exclusive components for the beginning of any life (without light). For nine months of transition I had to drink a gallon of water per day to nourish a Mayan descendant and support the expansion of its ephemeral environment. When Yátzil Ikal accomplished its development, she needed to migrate towards a space in another dimension, passing through a never-ending short journey, facing to her first border in the planet earth: my cervix.
My body stopped being a space for generating life and became a transport. The ritual of transforming into mother was leaded by a painful wait. This ended when my vagina turned into a crown of the top of her head, then the light wrapped her and the beginning started.
66 hours in collaboration with Yátzil Ikal Uc is a three-channel videomicrographic installation. I filmed with material that my body produced while and after giving birth: amniotic fluid, meconium, fresh placenta, dehydrated placenta, breastmilk and spit, using a video camera attached to a microscope to render the material at a more intimate dimension. The audio includes a bilingual story taken from the experience of conception, labor and delivery. Recorded sounds weave through the voice track: breastfeeding, breathing, lullabies, doctors, nurses, my mom, heart beats inside the womb, and a cathartic act performed in the ocean. With this work, I address the power of becoming a mother, and the relationship between the act of giving birth-being born and the origin of the universe.