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Friday, March 02, 2007

Guatemala: El Museo

In a flurry of bright color--huipiles, traditional indigenous traje, weaving--I expect life. But there's a certain deadness, static, at the museum. I want to be surprised. I want something to mystically, magically move...for the dusty loom to be used...for the empty clothing to become animated. But it will not. It remains posed at work, at play, in celebration. Color alone cannot bring it to life.

It is time to go to the highlands, where people live and breathe.

3 Comments:

Blogger jen said...

this is the most mixed i've heard you sound about a place.

guatemala...it's troubled, it's rough, it's amazing and wonderful.

highlands sound perfect.

11:40 PM  
Blogger Thailand Gal said...

Jen's right. Guatemala is troubled and rough ~ but it also has a fascinating history that makes certain demarcations painfully obvious.


Peace,

~Chani

10:09 AM  
Blogger Potato Print said...

Hi Lucia,

I can relate to this thought so well. I have trouble going to museums these days for that very reason. I must see things in context in order for me to enjoy them and understand them.

I try to imagine my clothes displayed on a wall, and each of my art supplies under a plexiglass box. No.

7:06 AM  

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