Coyolxauhqui is a searing evocation of femicide in rural Mexico. Each Saturday, the Still I Rise screening programme shares a work of video art or film that profiles themes of feminisms, gender, and resistance through the moving image.
Presented by Arnolfini as part of the Still I Rise expanded programme.
Colectivo Los Ingrávidos’ film Coyolxauhqui (2017) recasts the mythical dismemberment of the Aztec Moon goddess Coyolxauhqui by her brother Huitzilopochtli, the deity of war, the Sun and human sacrifice. The film is a poem of perception, one that unveils how contemporary Mexican femicide is linked to a patriarchal history with roots in deeper cultural constructs. The film captures the deserted landscape of La Mixteca in Oaxaca, known for its textile industry, creating a parallel between the Aztec myth and the violent murders of women and girls working at textile manufacturing plants in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.
Screening in Arnolfini’s Dark Studio, Level 2.
Runtime 9 minutes 46 seconds.
Colectivo Los Ingrávidos
Colectivo Los Ingrávidos (Tehuacán, Mexico) arises from the need to dismantle the audiovisual grammar that the aesthetic-television-cinematic corporativism has used and uses to effectively guarantee the diffusion of an audiovisual ideology by means of which a continuous social and perceptive control is maintained over the majority of the population. Politically charged yet involved with the sublime Los Ingrávidos inhabit Poetic realms that few dare to tread.