Ensayos Libertarios was the third iteration of SOLEANDO JUNTXS. This was carried out as part of the public programming for Topologies of Excess: A Survey of Contemporary Practices from Puerto Rico exhibition at the Harold J. Miossi Gallery at Cuesta College, (California), co-curated by Mariola Rosario and Emma Saperstein.
On this occasion I collaborated with my colleagues Jorge González and Mónica Rodríguez, inviting the college’s community to participate in the collective weaving. The exercise of combining the activities of reading aloud and weaving stems from the artist’s interest in experimenting with collective learning processes and alternative pedagogical models, inspired by the work of Luisa Capetillo who was a reader in the tobacco factories of the Caribbean of the beginning of the century XX.
We processed Enea fiber into cord on the campus’s outdoor area, and meditated, and wove, and read, and held each other in silence as well. After the session, I made a few more rounds of weaving on my own, to reconnect with the piece, and secure its knots. It was exhibited along with a materials altar, and the score for the ‘collective action’ serving as a document of this time/space together.
Here you can watch the Artists Talk hosted by Cuesta College during the opening of the exhibition: