Notes on material history

28' 24'' single channel video with 2.1 sound that orbits and digs on the history and events surrounding one of the oldest temples in Mexico city, Santa Teresa la Antigua. This building was built in 1616, it's construction stands over the Templo Mayor pyramid and was built with some of it's materials when it worked as the first women's convent in the city, it was almost destroyed by the earthquake known as 'El terremoto de Santa Teresa' on the 7th of april 1845, and right after it's reconstruction it was taken from the church to be a builiding of the state, then a military base, a nursery during war, a print for the national newspaper, a taxes storage, an archaological site on 1970 and in 1993 turned into a contemporary art museum, Museo ExTeresa Arte Actual.

Through image, sound and archive/site explorations the work goes in and out the museum organism, connecting it's different losses, traces, materials and events of it's complex history reflecting on questions about territory, identity and nature's 'monumental' gestures, as fragmentary notes of a wider landscape where the voids of loss surpass archaeology and leave space to other narrations.

Exhibition views, Museo ExTeresa Arte Actual, Cd. de México, 2017-2018.

Concept and Direction by Lorena Mal.
Camera by Dalia Huerta Cano & Andrés Padilla Domene.
Editing by Dalia Huerta Cano & Lorena Mal.
Sound design by Homero García.
Developed with the support of Museo ExTeresa Arte Actual.
With the support of the National Sismoteque and Earth Sciences Bliblioteque.
With the support of CENAPRED, Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres, México.
With the support of Geophysics Institute, UNAM.
With the support of Museum of Geophysics, UNAM.

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