Estados de excepción (States of Exception) was a social practice project designed for women to exercise and enjoy our rights freely and safely. The project was awarded the Artraker Award for Social Impact in 2014 in London, England.


The project derived from the state of exception imposed on Mexican women that has suppressed our fundamental rights and sought to generate reverse states of exception: performative interventions in which women could freely exercise our rights in public and visible contexts. The intention was that they operate as joyous and fortuitous spaces for recognition, gathering, and dialogue, both among the participants themselves and with the audience, while reclaiming certain public spaces—eminently masculine territories—for women.


Estados de excepción was a great meal for transient women, presented in various public spaces. The diners were the women who passed by and agreed to come to the table. At the end of the meal, each left her written testimony on a tablecloth.


A different version of the project brought together local women’s rights advocates at The Mexico-London Tea Party in London, England in 2014 and The Chai Bridge, held at the European Delegation in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2015.




Alejandra García García, Anelisse Yerett Oliveri Rivera, Aurora Montaño Barbosa, Ivonne Muñoz Espinoza & Nikki Diana Marquant



Parque del Carmen, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Calle Guatemala, Centro Cultural de España en Mexico & Restaurante Agapi Mu, Mexico City, Mexico

Plaza de la Constitución, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico



2013- 2016


Thanks to:

Becky Haghpanah-Shirwan, Manali Jagtap-Nyheim, María Teresa García Besné & Nikki Diana Marquant


Dolores Galindo & Guillermina Navarro

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