*1 september* Food and Ancestrality: Making Chilate with ☆ Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio ☆ Yuchen Li ☆ Aldo Esparza Ramos /// Weaving Realities

Posted on September 4, 2019


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Weaving Realities is an artist collective consisting of Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio, Yuchen Li and Aldo Esparza Ramos, who are all based in the city of Amsterdam. Our intention is set around the concept of ‘sentipensar’ which is thinking through feeling and also the concept of ‘practical decolonization’ which aims to re-educate ourselves into living in harmony with each other and with nature.

Weaving Realities is presenting a series of events revolving around “Food and Ancestrality”.

As the introductory event of this series, the members of Weaving Realities will offer a participatory performance involving the preparation of two ancestral recipes: Chilate, a chocolate drink with rice, and Arepitas, a flat bread made of corn. Both recipes derive from indigenous communities of Abya Yala (non-colonized America).

This process of engaging into preparing food together in this interactive performance is our way to incarnate the concepts of practical decolonization and sentipensar.

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Date: 1st September (Sunday)

Time: 15:00-18:00

Free Entry

We would appreciate some donations to cover material expenses.
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In the Poh Pol Vu, the creation story from Abya Yala, it says that mankind is made of corn, and our blood out of cacao. Corn is a plant of sunlight which represents the light in us, and cacao is a tree that grows under shadow which represents the shadow in us. In the philosophies of Abya Yala, the relation with these plants is mutual, like having children we don’t just educate them, they also educate us back; they depend on us and we depend on them. But nowadays we have lost this sense of relating with our resources and environment which leads to catastrophic consequences. We would like to establish a dialogue where we are able to listen to other knowledges, to re-examine our relation to the world, and to create a healing connection with what is beyond modernity.

In this event we will discuss the works of coloniality in destabilizing local economies and ways of doing and being that differ from it – How it is used as a strategic way to take over land, resources and lives; how the modern genetically modified form of corn has taken over the Mexican market and how just analyzing this one crop we can see the workings of coloniality and how much this can destabilize the economy. This topic is also linked with the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, the Zapatista struggle, GMO food, and the maquilas.

We will also briefly introduce ourselves and our upcoming series of events.

This event is made possible by the support of AFK, amsterdams fonds voor de kunst.

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