Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
We were definitely exhausted and so happy by the end of the day. We are done! It's hard to believe. We were then interviewed on the local television station Teleprogreso explaining the project and our motive behind why we would focus on the women of El Progreso.
So there are now 50 images of women though the town of El Progreso! The dialogue has begun and we couldn't be happier.
Friday, March 23, 2012
We were also joined by Ivo Oliveira, who was perfect to have around when we had to do some serious problem solving with some of the larger or more delicate pastes. There were a couple points where things just seemed like we weren't sure if we were going to be able to get a certain print up because it was ripping in the wind and wet with wheatpaste already and we were all just tired from working in the scorching sun all day, but together we pushed through. What I realized is the patience needed for the larger pieces. They take so much longer then you would expect and they are never easy to line up unless you are calm and take your time- no room for panicking even when it is ripping. But I think we did a good job switching off and everyone took the wheel at some point that day and was supported by the rest.
It was such a different experience from the days prior. There would be a crowd around us as we are trying so desperately to get this 12ft. peice to line up with all it's parts or to get that lacey frame up around the photo of Doña Elvira. But we got everything done that we wanted to... and we still have 10 more to go for tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
We had another great day in the community. We were kind of surprised how easy it has been to get permission to paste on their walls from people we didn't know . But after some conversations people seemed really curious about what we were doing. This morning one of the Arroyo water men asked what was going on in the barrio and he said when he had seen the woman on the side of the house he thought she was missing...haha. He soon realized there were a bunch of women posted as he did his rounds. He joked with us and said "Are ALL of these women missing?!" The questions have definitely begun to buzz in our neighborhood. We are happy to see people stop and taking interest in the project.
Alicia, Joche and I were pasting the last set of images at a nearby school. I brought my video camera, because it is small and fits in my pocket like a cell phone. Long story short, a man on a red motorcycle pulled up and robbed us. It was quick, and felt a little too much like an old routine.
He stole the camera and rode off into the distance.
He didn't show me a gun, I am not even positive he had one. But having been held up before, I am more than ok with it staying hidden; especially with kids around.
Afterwards we stopped by a friends house to get ride of the nerves,and soon a familiar refrain began-"You shouldn't have gone to the house alone.", "I shouldn't have brought my camera." "I should have saved all that awesome footage. " should haves and shouldn't haves fill your thoughts and conversations. I knew all the risks.
But here is the deal, it is nobodies fault but the man on the moto. That is the end of it. He chooses to steal.
That is why projects like this are important. We are trying to recognize the women who live here. Who also get assaulted, who also carry a little money just I case they get robbed, who worry when children don't come home on time at night because of all the ugly possibilities.
So my camera, whatever. At least we weren't hurt. I can buy another camera. I am here because, "No quieren vivir asi, pero quieren vivir aqui" or "They don't want to live like this, but they want to live here."
And I love them for that.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Our first day out pasting was amazing! We got permission with so much ease and enthusiasm. It has been so exciting to see how the community responds to the images. They will stop on there bikes, walk up, and just watch us- and they are never afraid to ask questions. It has been a great way to start a dialogue about their perspective on all that women do in this community. Check out more pictures on our Facebook page InsideOut | El Progreso, Honduras.
On Saturday, Alicia and I asked El Abuelo if he could clean up the folliage covering the top of a wall by the church where we would like to paste a few images. El Abuelo, who is 84, picks up the occasional job around the neighborhood cutting grass and cleaning up yards; making him the perfect candidate to cut a few vines and leaves off of a large tree in the church yard.
He thought he would have time Monday or Tuesday. So Alicia and I didn't mention it immediately to the women of the church. However, around 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, El Abuelo passed through the living room mumbling about how he found a ladder and helper. Alicia and I were in the middle something and didn't pay him much mind.
A few hours later, El Abuelo come back and asked us to check it out. To our shock/surprise/terror, El Abuelo, his 14 year-old helper and 1 machete had cut down half of the tree in the church yard! Alicia and I were a little nervous to hear what the women of the church would say.
Ana, out host mom and active church member, came home and was a little "asustada" (frightened) but mentioned that story of Abuelo's "landscaping" was already spreading. Thankfully, they are quick to laugh and forgive.
But I mean really, he was so proud:
It was just a reminder that the people here are very supportive, and VERY enthusiastic.
Or as the new saying goes, "A little gusto goes a long way."
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Our new assistants are such cutie-pies.
Life has it's ways of sneaking in and changing plans especially when you haven't seen so many loved ones and want to give them the time they deserve. So there has been a bit of a delay in pasting BUT we are excited to start today with our new assistants.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
In two days I will be boarding a plane to El Progreso, Honduras with just under 875 sq. ft. of paper. Here is a sneak peak at what is in my very heavy, very awkward carry-on:
Monday, March 5, 2012
Both Kat and I have been huge fan's of JR's for quite a while. So it's easy to understand that when we saw the above video through TED, we knew we wanted to be a part of his new global public art project- INSIDE OUT. After a couple conversations we applied to create La Fuerza Silenciosa. We are so appreciative and excited that we could be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves. Below is a trailer for the movie JR is creating about this project.
Hello Friends and Family!
I just wanted to share an art project I am currently working on in Honduras with my friend, Kat Burdine. We are working in collaboration with the Inside Out project (http://www.insideoutproject.net/#) founded by the artist JR( http://jr-art.net/).
While living in El Progreso we worked with various demographics, but were continuously struck by the silent strength of women in the community. We have photographed these women and will be pasting their portraits up in the center of town as well as their neighborhoods to give homage to their strength and struggles. We are hoping this starts a dialogue about all that women actually do. Las Progreseñas, or the women of El Progreso are the foundations of their communities. They are the teachers, mothers, nurturers, and fighters for future of this town.
We plan on wheat pasting at least 40 black and white portraits of these women at the end of March. The first week of April is "Semana Santa," Holy Week or Spring Break, when many people coming from out side cities and even internationally pass through El Progreso to get to the coastal beach towns. We figured this would be the best time to take advantage of the heavy traffic so more people will have the possibility of seeing this project.
Because this project has taken life with the great reaction of the people of El Progreso , this will be quite an event, so we need your help. Your donations will go to printing costs, scaffolding, pasting materials, and brushes.
Here is our video above explains it all!
Thank you for your time!Anything would be helpful and well appreciated!