Elena Tejada-Herrera, Niña aprendiendo a pelear y jugando ajedrez
proyectoamil is pleased to present the video-performance Niña aprendiendo a pelear y jugando ajedrez [Girl Learning to Fight and Playing Chess] by the Peruvian artist Elena Tejada-Herrera. In this video, directed and edited by the artist, a karate girl learns to defend herself and also plays chess against strong, colorful, and strategic gorillas.
Elena’s trans-disciplinary work is known for its experimental and hybrid nature. She conceives her participatory practice as cultural exchanges and during the last three years, has organized self-defense training workshops for people who self-identify as women and for girls within the context of her exhibitions. She seeks to facilitate cultural exchanges and empower people with her work. In Peru, she introduced risky and irruptive performances to protest against the Fujimori dictatorship.
Project curated by proyectoamil