'abuela, i am learning to see the resilience in your silence in your words in your aging body. and, everyday, myself too, i am learning to speak.'

on ghosts, 2022, experimental lecture/spoken word performance. Part of ‘Through the Crowd’, an exhibition curated by Jo Collective (April 2022, London). 

In the form of a letter to my maternal grandmother, I approach bodies and matrilineal relationships, their limits and possibilities - as sites of memory archival, as storage of affect and culture, as alternatives to the coloniality of institutional archives and museums. Contrary to romanticisation, these gendered bodies are seen not only as devices of intergenerational transmission, but also as an interruption of such process conditioned by outer sociopolitical systems and oppression, highlighting the concept of intergenerational silence. 

Gravitating closer to the structure of a storytelling rather than of a lecture, and mixing elements of theory, autoethnography & performance, on ghosts demonstrates my interest on decolonising education through the use of lived experience, intergenerational memory, and the creation of horizontal spaces of intimacy and knowledge exchange.  

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