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/ LORENA WOLFFER, MEXICO

Lorena Wolffer

Artraker Award for Social Impact, 2014

CONFLICT AREA / COUNTRY OF REFERENCE: MEXICO

States of Exception (Estados de excepción) is a series of participatory cultural interventions conceived for women to freely and joyfully exercise our rights in public and secure environments, which is currently being produced in Mexico and abroad.

 

Conceived in response to the growing wave of violence against women in Mexico that forces us to live in a de facto state of exception — outlined in Article 29 of the Mexican Constitution as the suspension of the population’s rights in cases of conflict or war — the project is centered on the creation of reverse states of exception. These are time and space-specific interventions in which women can exercise the totality of our rights in public arenas.

 

The first State of Exception is a four-course meal for 20 female passersby that take place in public streets or plazas. This apparently modest gesture — transporting an event that would normally take place in private settings into public spheres — produces a remarkable effect; it not only empowers each of the women participants but also delineates, for both the participants and the audience members, that other ways of being and relating to one another are possible.

 

Lorena Wolffer, 

States of Exception

Participatory cultural intervention

 

 

© Artraker CIC 2014

/ ARTRAKER, 2014

/ WINNER: ARTRAKER AWARD FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

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