a virtual exhibit of work by the 2020 MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute Fellows
Kipi recordante/ Recording Kipi is the continuation of work on a series titled Memory Transmission Containers. This edition will have particular ritual characteristics related to time/space or Pacha. The object is meant to be sowed this year and be harvested by our 8 nieces and nephews when each turns 18 years old. Kipi is a word from Quechua languages for the action of carrying something, but it can also be the actual bag or luggage you carry on your back. This kipi will enclose an album containing an array of visual and aural languages, including portraits of ourselves and a record of our lived experience interwoven with interpretations of our current times. The Kipi will have directions of engagement intended to be followed by our future audience as a sort of rite of passage, including space for each of them to add something before sowing it back to its place for the next person.
With this piece, we are considering the importance of this time/space shift and of our responsibility to pass on knowledge and belonging to the next generation focusing on the humans we feel the most accountable to. It is important for us to reflect on our dystopian present and provide memory and perspective to our future people. While transmission has been a central theme to CC 1/19’s work, pandemic times have brought this value full circle and it has allowed us the opportunity to engage with it through our own voices and lineages.