The art installations that denounce environmental and human rights violations in Jalisco, were presented at LA-ArtShow. It is the largest art fair in the Western United States, in Los Angeles, California.
The sample presented the non-commercial section DIVERSEartLA, dedicated to artistic representations of environmental problems such as climate change.
The Museum of Arts and the Museum of Environmental Sciences (MCA) of the University of Guadalajara (UdeG) presented the work “In the other waterfall”, by the artist Claudia Rodríguez, which consists of a net weighing 100 kilograms and 200 square meters, woven with recyclable raffia threads that hang from the ceiling evoking the “El Salto” waterfall on the Santiago River on the outskirts of Guadalajara. It was woven by more than 400 people from El Salto and other communities. “The work was motivated by the death of an eight-year-old boy, Miguel Ángel López Rocha, who fell into the river and died. However, he did not grow up, but died of arsenic poisoning a few days later,” explained Eduardo Santana, director of the MCA.
The International Human Rights Commission of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Jalisco Human Rights Commission have compiled scientific information generated by the UdeG and other universities, on water pollution and its negative effects on health. “At the El Salto waterfall, water pollution becomes air pollution when the water splashes on the rocks downstream.”
A second installation entitled “Chapala is also sold out” presents in a video a dripping water faucet, with the lake slowly drying up and becoming a barren, barren land.
The three-minute video explains the concept and level of construction of the MCA, to which the Governor of Jalisco decided to cut its funding previously approved by the Jalisco Congress. “The UdeG, with the support of the majority of public universities in Mexico, and the State Human Rights Commission, initiated a constitutional dispute before the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation for considering that this budget cut violates the autonomy of the universities and its ability to strengthen human rights to education, culture, and human and environmental health through the Museum’s work.”
Although the legal process could take a year, the completion of the museum building, designed by Snøhetta’s Craig Dykers, has been supported by more than 100 national and international ecologists, health experts, museologists and writers. due to its innovative approach to interpreting the environment. The Museum’s track record of community development, education, and research has been praised by experts.
The exhibition was attended by some 70,000 visitors and 300 journalists specializing in art and environment, supported by the University of Guadalajara Foundation in the United States.
The presentation was also attended by the artist Claudia Rodríguez and a representative of the community.