Fantastic Wednesday: December 4th: Sandra Monterosso


DECEMBER 4th, 7pm, DG 12: a presntation by Sandra Monterosso

Rakoc Atin / Do Justice
1. Introduction
Most disappeared people during the last civil war in Guatemala were indigenous people and over time the loneliness, sadness and fear (fright) is maintained in the families of the victims. As a symbolic act to heal this pain, I proposed an action with salt and water as a symbol of the sea.
The action is to perform a healing mat, with a word in Maya Q’eq’chi’, throwing this question: How many cases have gone unpunished because justice has not understood what the victim means?
2. Summary
Guatemala is the second Latin American country with the largest indigenous population relative terms (more than 40%), composed mainly of 22 
ethno-linguistic communities of Mayan people. Inner the indigenous population the highest rate of poverty and greater difficulties in accessing public services are generally presented by women.
Two women die every day murdered in Guatemala. Between 2001 and 2007 died from violence in Guatemala 3.107 women. In 2008 the courts reached 39.400 reports of domestic violence in which 95% filed by women. Guatemalan women are entitled to the recognition, enjoyment, exercise and protection of all human rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution Politics of the Republic and international instruments on human rights, and that the problem of violence and discrimination against women and girls which has prevailed in the country has aggravated murder and impunity, due to
unequal power relations between men and women in the social, economic, legal, political, cultural and family, so it is necessary grading prevention and punishment.
In 2008 was created the Law against Femicide and Other Forms of Violence Against Women.
3. Background of the project
Racok Atin / do justice, is a public performance art that was presented in 2008, in the context of a festival for Peace, which was organized by SEPAZ they invited some artists to the festival, so the piece was commissioned and financed by SEPAZ: Peace Secretary of the Presidency of the Guatemala Republic, which is the body responsible for ensuring that the various units that make up the executive state branch, to comply with the commitments made in peace agreements after the war and any other that is specified by the Law.
I realized that the very big problem about the war internal conflict that we live in Guatemala, had left a social fabric badly damaged and in fact the biggest victims were the family and social problems were still in the present.
An explanation why this particular project can be perceived within the context of
Urban reality and public space justice
Public art is developed in public places (and in this sense, the streets or
City squares are still spaces for their accessibility, affluence and diversity of people that pass, the better illustrate the location of “public”), it would be only one sine qua non, linked to the debate about the interchangeability of public-private boundaries. The idea of public art today takes on a new dimension linked inevitably an ideological factor, which involves understanding the city as a complex: a sociopolitical context
that depends on communication, education, human rights and other areas of culture.
Also Historically and socially the “polis” was characterized by the existence of a group of citizens who enjoyed all the rights of a group of people without rights but free, and a third group, slaves, prisoners and not have any right.
Is in this sense where I presented this project as a local-urban-rural contradiction that takes places in Central America where almost 50% lives in cities but not with all the public services and human rights solved. Racok Atin / do justice, is a public performance art that represent this contradiction.

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