ESTADOS DE EXCEPCIÓN
Estados de excepción (States of Exception) was a participatory cultural interventions 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.
The first and only Estado 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
Becky Haghpanah-Shirwan, Manali Jagtap-Nyheim, María Teresa García Besné & Nikki Diana Marquant
Dolores Galindo & Guillermina Navarro