Testimonios de Iguala (Iguala Testimonies) was the first work produced for Afectxs ciudadanxs, a series of social practice projects focused on the emotions and affects that cross, regulate, and define dissident subjects in their interaction with other bodies and with the powers that surround and legislate them. The intention was to make the reality of these groups visible, understanding their affective arenas as political statements, in order to dismantle the hegemonic policies that guard and produce discrimination and violence against them.


The process entailed the collection and subsequent dissemination of testimonies regarding the affective relationship that different people and communities establish with their environment: the exact words chosen by each participant to describe their feelings and sensations when occupying and passing through certain streets, neighborhoods, and zones. Each testimony drew a unique map of the ways in which each context impacts, intersects, and transforms its inhabitants.


In 2015, a student from Iguala, Guerrero, contacted me requesting help with her thesis. Her account of how she was feeling while living in the city where the 43 normalistas from Ayotzinapa had disappeared only months ago—with the confirmed participation of the local, state, and federal police forces, and that of the Army—led me to conceive this work with the testimonies of other residents that she herself helped me collect.






This project was part of Afectxs ciudadanxs (Citizen Affects)



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