in defense of the wor(l)d (a través de Galeano)


Blanton Museum of Art – Austin, TX
Performance February 2019


Pulling from histories, literatures, and diasporic time travel, Adrian Aguilera and Betelhem Makonnen create works informed by an immigrant’s perspective of constant translations within multiple realities. Their projects operate on relationality—prioritizing inter/intra-connections, both spatial and temporal, between the work, the audience and the environment.


Bringing to light a 1978 text by the radical Latin American journalist/poet/thinker Eduardo Galeano, written in a context of dictatorship, censorship, and wanton abuse of Indigenous peoples, in defense of the wor(l)d (a través de Galeano) visualizes his still relevant call for a different wor(l)d, a wor(l)d deserving to be what the wor(l)d wanted to be when it was a different wor(l)d, a wor(l)d deserving to be what the wor(l)d wanted to be when it was not yet born.


"History never really says goodbye, history says, 'See you later.'"

-Eduardo Galeano



in defense of the wor(l)d (a través de Galeano), 2019 Adrian Aguilera and Betelhem Makonnen performance piece for three 35mm slides projectors

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