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66 Hours in Collaboration with Yátzil Ikal Uc

First Year Review Exhibition from MFA Candidate Ana Andrade

March 13, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
March 14, 2:30-6:00 p.m.
March 15, 3:30-9:00 p.m.
Reception: March 15, 6-9 p.m.
Performance Space, 306 Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

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In 2017 the middle part of my body turned into space. A temporary place for a growing seed which provoked the creation of exclusive components for the beginning of any life (without light).
Nine months of transition in which I had to drink a gallon of water per day to nourish a mayan descendant, and support the expansion of its ephemeral environment. 
When Yátzil Ikal accomplished its development, she needed to migrate towards a space in another dimension, passing through a never-ending short journey. Facing to her first border in the planet earth: my cervix.
My body stop being a space for generating life and became a transport. The ritual of transforming into mother was leaded by a painful wait. Which ended when my vagina turned into a crown of the top of her head, then the light wrapped her and the beginning started.

66 hours in collaboration with Yátzil Ikal Uc, is a 3 channel videomicrographic installation. I work with material that my body produced while and after giving birth: amniotic fluid, meconium, fresh placenta, dehydrated placenta, breastmilk and spit. The audio includes a bilingual story from the conception, labor and delivery. Also recorded sounds of breastfeeding, breathing, lullabies, doctors, nurses, my mom, heart beatings inside the womb, and a catharsis act inside the ocean.
With this work I address the power of becoming a mother and the relationship between the act of giving birth+being born with the origin of life.