Naomi Rincón Gallardo The Formaldehyde Trip Dates
In this psychedelic speculative fiction, Mexico City-based artist Naomi Rincón Gallardo has written and directed a cycle of songs and videos dedicated to murdered activist Alberta “Bety” Cariño, who defended indigenous territorial rights.
A cycle of psychedelic songs and videos imagines martyred Mixtec activist Bety Cariño on a journey through the underworld where she encounters women warriors, witches, widows, the dual-gendered goddess of death, and animals that are all preparing her rebirth party. The music is performed live with ornate props and costumes that echo Mexican B-side Sci-Fi films of the 60s and 70s, addressing indigenous women’s struggles and dispossession of their bodies, cultures, and territories. An axolotl, or Mexican salamander, preserved in formaldehyde is the storyteller, with sounds and voices from the past meandering throughout the songs. This performance contains strobe lighting and sexually suggestive costumes, gestures, and language.