• Water Spells
    Adriana Salazar
    Genaro Amaro, Mariana Balderas, Consuelo Bonfil, Marcelo Canteiro, Dean Chahim, Fernando Córdova, Ramón Domínguez, Oscar Escolero, Carlos Gamboa, David Gutiérrez, Diana Jiménez, Brenda Ortiz, Ariadna Ramonetti, Sandra Rozenthal, Assembly of peoples of the San Angel Screes, and Carolina Silva
    Pitzilein Books, 2022
    Adriana Salazar

Adriana Salazar, "View of River La Compañía, Chalco Valley, Mexico," 2019. Photo: Adriana Salazar

This research is situated in Mexico City. It follows a series of encounters the author coordinated throughout 2019, in which a diverse range of agents met to share their perspectives on water narratives, distribution, hydric justice, ecological impact, public infrastructure, and dispossession, among other issues impacting the metropolis and its surroundings. The resulting discussions and stories constitute a compendium of spells, which embrace text as a means for capturing the multilayered nature of water. The text is understood as a sensory device, rather than a rhetorical tool. This compendium follows a previous artistic research project titled Lake Texcoco: Encyclopedia of Things Living and Dead (2015–19), in which the author regarded the desiccation of the largest lake in central Mexico as a set of entanglements between heterogeneous elements. The project is constituted by a set of anti-encyclopedic entries which challenge colonial knowledge-producing practices, while using text as an artistic practice in itself.

Adriana Salazar is a Colombian artist based in Mexico. Her work is transdisciplinary, collaborative, and research oriented. It identifies entanglements between nature and culture within certain Latin American cities. She holds a bachelor’s of fine arts with honors from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Colombia; a master’s in philosophy from Javeriana University, Colombia; and a doctorate in art and design from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico. She recently published Lake Texcoco: Encyclopedia of Things Living and Dead, with the support of the Jumex Foundation for Contemporary Art and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia.