fruto de tu vientre
As part of the Cites and Memory Sacred Spaces project, I chose to work with a field recording recorded at Santo Rosario, Mexico City by Fabian Avila Elizalde. I am fascinated by death rituals and how people choose to commemorate their dead and approached reimagining the sound of women praying and chanting by placing these sounds in context with what was played on radio stations in Mexico City during the first week of Donald Trump taking office. I did this partially to suggest that life and death went on in Mexico, despite the political rupture and international attention the country and the US-Mexico border was experiencing at the time. I also wanted to layer the kinds of sounds one might hear from within their homes while mourning their loved ones: for example, the animated chatter of radio hosts, as well as varied genres of music and melodies.