De Norte a Sur, 2019
July 20th to August 10th, 2019
Begins at the US/Mexico border and ends at the Mexico/Guatemala border.
U.S- MEXICO-GUATEMALA. De Norte a Sur is a performance piece by bi-national artist/activist Jackie Amézquita (b.1985). Amézquita was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and migrated to the United States in 2003. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from ArtCenter College of Design and an Associate degree in Visual Communications from Los Angeles Valley College. She is an MFA Candidate in the New Genres program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) beginning in Fall 2019. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
De Norte a Sur is a performance piece that begins at the southern U.S. border in San Ysidro, CA and Tijuana, BC, México and continues to the Mexican border with Tecún Umán, Guatemala in Tapachula, Chiapas. The performance will take place every day from sunrise to sunset for a duration of three weeks. During her journey, Amézquita would be wearing a crochet suit dyed with twelve months of her period blood. The suit will serve as a bridge to connect her interior with their exterior to explore the transformation and interaction between her body and the environment.
Through conversations and interactions with people along her journey, Amézquita will explore the dynamics between different racial, cultural, and economic groups. Amézquita hopes to understand how interactions between the existing Mexican community and Central American migrants following a similar journey, change and adapt the socio-geographic environment.
Amézquita will have a performance in conjunction with her mother Isabel Guzmán at sunrise on Saturday, July 20th in Playas at approximately 5:30-6:00 a.m. next to the wall that divides San Ysidro / Tijuana on the shores of the beach. Then the artist will continue with the journey throughout Mexico, weaving her steps in the opposite direction to the one she traveled seventeen years ago before entering the United States. She will take with her a plastic water bottle that contains samples of soil she acquired at different locations of the border of the United States and Mexico during the last year.
The artist would be staying in homes of friends, and people who have given her a place to spend the night. Some friends and family would accompany her in parts of the journey, as she did previously in her performance Huellas que Germinan, 2018. In where she walked for 176 miles, starting at the border of Tijuana with San Ysidro which took the artist eight days to completed. It concluded with a performance in Los Angeles, California where Amézquita submerged herself in the garbage dump which contained water. The garbage dump was kidnapped by the artist in Mexicali.
Amézquita plans to conclude De Norte a Sur, with a performance on the border of Tapachula Chiapas, Mexico with Tecún Umán Guatemala, where she will cross the Suchiate River at sunset, where she will dissolve the soil that traveled approximately four thousand kilometers with her.