agua-cine (water|cinemas)

A collaborative curatorial and pedagogical project by Dalida María Benfield. Multi-media interactive art installation, variable dimensions, workshops,and archive (2013 - ongoing).

With video, photography, and texts by Pierre Archambault, Teresa María Diaz Nero, Choralyne Dumesnil, Pedro Pablo Gomez Moreno, tammy ko Robinson, Hunter Neal, Enrique Castro Ríos, Raqs Media Collective, Matthew Shropshire, Alan Strassman, and others.

The contemporary politics of water are a matrix through which the underside of modernity can be understood. In indigenous and decolonial struggles, there is a process of redefinition and reclamation of water and water rights. Understood together with the geo-politics of knowledge, this reclamation is one of the re-centering and re-signification of water as a central cosmological force. The epistemic intervention of water unleashes possibilities for now and future identities, social relations, and movements. In conjunction with my own stories of water and water rights, this project engages in a media archaeology and crowd-sourced process of mapping stories and struggles over global water resources through diverse media, which in turn engage questions of global communication flows and rights, and the collective re-imagining of water through multiple discursive forms. Artists, activists, and all others are invited to contribute. The installation takes the form of a multi-screen video installation, in which we can record stories and upload them to, a crowdsourced sound and image platform, as well as draw or write images or stories to be compiled into an ongoing artists book series. With these diverse media and voices speaking together, I hope to collectively create a sense of the the flows, tributaries and undercurrents of this – a water cinema - with a lens informed by feminist thought, and building towards a shared platform of research and action for decolonial aesthetics. Contributions are welcome on an ongoing basis.


Decoloniality/Indigeneity/@rt. Fredric Jameson Gallery, Duke University. Curated by Miguel Rojas-
Sotelo, Kency Cornejo, and Raul Ferrera-Balanquet. April 2014.