22 × 14.75 × 1.75 in
La Escuela de Cultura Popular Revolucionaria Mártires del 68
University of California, Irvine (UCI)
University of Connecticut (UCONN)
Washington University in St. Louis
Wirikuta is a portfolio about the incursion of mining interests into the sacred Wirikuta lands of the Huichol peoples. First Majestic Silver has obtained permission from the Mexican government for its proposed La Luz Silver Project for the extraction of silver in the Sierra Decatorce. This extraction process transgresses the laws and covenants that protect the area Wirikuta and the Wixarika peoples at national and international levels.
The mining site represents a threat to the environment balance and health of the population in the area, and its greater social impact is the division of local peoples. Chemical substances used in the mining process from previous mines are destroying resources at multiple levels. For example, the mining sites will consume irrational amounts of water in an already arid region. The Escuela joins people and organizations around the world in trying to raise awareness of this tragedy and catalyze an ethical alternative to mining and thus desecrating sacred lands and destroying fragile environments. Five elder artists from the Escuala choose 5 artists to participate, then each artist made a print concerning the current Wirikuta controversy.
The prints are contained in a 22 by 14 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches silkscreened cardboard box with a Huichol hand-beaded inset disk 3 1/4 inch circumference.
One DVD with photos of the artwork, the artists, and a Wirikuta pilgrimage.
One CD with the 5 Spanish texts and translations of the 5 texts into English and French.
Full contributor list:
Lucía Vidales Argelia Leodegario Elizabeth Mota Rico Elisa Suárez Zavaleta Adriana Hernández Sosa Sarah Tisdall Adolfo Mexiac Aldo Miguel López Arturo Reyes Mata Mariana Sasso Rojas Eduardo Juárez Fernando Diyarza Ismael Ramírez Cortez Gandhi Noyola Velázquez Francisco Ulises Plancarte Morales Octavio Jiménez Jorge Pérez Vega Joel Martínez Huerta Leonel Martínez Tenorio Lesly Yobany Mendoza Mendoza Rómulo Escuerdo Santiago Armengod Román Varela Vázquez Roberto Romero Alguilar Raymundo Luis Garcia Rodríguez Antonio Valverde Felipe Herneandez Iseo Noyola Isgleas Leopoldo Morales Praxedis Mario Arturo Romero Aguilar Ignacio Betancourt Alberto Hijar Serrano Alberto Becerril Montekio Jacinto López Villa y familia Mauricio Genet Guzmán Chávez Refugio Solis