Upcoming Screening of Naomi Rincón Gallardo's The Formaldehyde Trip (2017)
En Cuatro Patas: The Formaldehyde Trip
The Broad Museum, Oculus Hall, Los Angeles
"Written and directed by Mexico City artist Naomi Rincón Gallardo, The Formaldehyde Trip is a cycle of songs and videos dedicated to murdered Mixtec activist Alberta “Bety” Cariño, performed live with crafty and ornate props, and echoes from Mexican B-side Sci-Fi films of the 60s and 70s. The Formaldehyde Trip weaves together Mesoamerican cosmologies, feminist activism and theory and indigenous women’s struggle for their bodies and their territories. The work imagines Bety Cariño’s journey through the underworld where she encounters women warriors, witches and widows, the dual-gendered goddess of death and animals preparing her rebirth party. An axolotl (Mexican salamander) in formaldehyde is the story-teller who agitates between fact, fiction and friction."
To view excerpts form the Formaldehyde Trip video, and see more artworks, visit Naomi Rincón Gallardo's website here, http://naomirincongallardo.org/viaje-de-formol.html.
[Naomi Rincón Gallardo's The Formaldehyde Trip (2017), includes photographs taken by Eliana Cetto during the San Francisco performances, for SFMoMA's Performance in Progress Series, co-curated by Galería de La Raza.]