canta que estoy llorando is a response to a young artist singing Puño de Tierra, a song about traversing, belonging and death, at Carlotta K. Petrina Cultural Center. The song was an action of singing despite tragedy. In Mexican culture, personal and social conflicts are confronted with a dichotomous choice: to sing or cry, o cantas o lloras. Both, an active state of coping with lived experiences seemed to culturally negate each other. To bring opposing social norms closer together, Guzman Velasquez gathers materials from the landscape to form harmonies with models of tears, stomach knots, skins and at the scale of hearts.
llora, Carlotta K. Petrina Cultural Center, 2019
nudos [knots], 2019
nudos de abujas [knotted pins], 2019
dos vidas, 2019