Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Fransisco Toledo is a beautiful blend of satire, metaphor, mythology and eroticism. Sex is everywhere. Sex is power, power is politics. The artist is the politician. The town of Juchitan is an unexpected outpost of feminism stuck in the middle of machismo Mexico. The sturdy, confident women have traded their way to the centre of life in this place. Yet there is no battle of the sexes, there is a distinction between the sexes but no contest. Perhaps this stems from the Aztec view on sex being represented as males being depleted as opposed to the christian view of females being penetrated.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Not long before Cortes arrived at the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico over 84 000 human sacrifices were made to the Mayan gods at the temples of Tikal over a space of 2-3 days. Those to be sacrificed were paraded up the pyramids from the four points of the compass, joined together with cords through their noses. They were arched over a specially made alter and their hearts ripped out. Their bodies were then thrown down the steep sides of the pyramids to be butchered and fed to the warriors below.
At that time, around 1520, there were over 25 million native Mayan/Aztec people. By the turn of the century, decimated by european disease and war with the Spanish there were less than One million.
We didn't see one ghost...