{Planetary Diaspora: Textile Offering}

Installation and performance
National Center for the Arts, CENART | MEXICO CITY 07/12/2023



Textile offering, artificial imagery and ritual channeling
Textile Art, XR Photography, Artificial Imagery, Sound Design, and Vocals by Julian Bonequi
Special appearance by the artist Eurídice Navi

The National Institute of Genomic Medicine of Mexico and Bioescénica commissioned me to work with my Mitochondrial DNA to produce a speculative piece reflecting on the ancient ancestors from whom our matrilineage descends linked to each one's mtDNA haplogroup. After receiving that eye-opening information at the beginning of 2023, I have researched and studied more about ritual garment confection. I learned to sew, weave, and embroider, immersing myself in the knowledge of ancient technologies such as 'Nahua' Mexican back strap loom, Mesoamerican embroidery, and Precolumbian textile semiotics as an homage to our matrilineal ancestors.

Additionally, the installation of the textile mask was completed with a vocal activation as one of the main inaugural acts of the exhibition entitled "MITOCHONDRIA / Immersion in the maternal lineage" at the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City. { Link to performance: https://vimeo.com/893135553 }

The most impressive thing that I have learned while preparing for this project is that traditional textiles are, in fact, woven scores for vocal channeling in cultures such as the Shipibo weavers of the Peruvian Amazon connected to their healing songs. When the Shipibo sing, touching their woven textiles, they have already translated the shamanic cosmovisions transferred to them by the seer during sacred plant rituals. Via woven practices and vocal channeling, they connect body and vital energy in a deep conversation with the Cosmos and transfer it to textile representation.