Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Off The Beaten Path

October 20th, 2011 - January 29th, 2012

Tulane University
Newcomb Art Gallery

Off The Beaten Path
Susan Plum
Luz y Solidaridad, 2006
3 ten and half foot brooms hanging from the ceiling
Video —DVD/TV monitor of performance

Brooms evoke many connotations — from the mystical to the mundane. For Plum, they reference
the sacred act of sweeping the temples in Pre-Hispanic Mexico, an act that was performed
during ritual cleansing and was also thought to elicit the earth’s healing spirit. Plum created
these over-sized brooms to invoke healing for the senseless death and disappearance of women
and girls in her native Mexico. The scale of the objects conjures the enormity of the loss.
In the video performance, 25 women use the sounds and movement of brooms, wind whistles,
bullroarers, and spinners as a limpia — a shamanic cleansing for the murdered daughters and a
gift of empowerment to the mothers of the missing.

In the past decade, nearly 1,000 women and girls have been killed or have vanished from
Juarez, a Mexican border town across from El Paso, Texas. Having followed the escalation of
border-crossing deaths after NAFTA (1996) and the beginning of the disappearance and murder
of young girls in Juarez, Plum has come to look at the Rio Grande as an open wound. As an
artist and activist, as well as being bicultural, she sees an opportunity to bring awareness to the
suffering caused by murder and abduction — and perhaps a step toward healing the societal
wounds they cause.





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