Shoe shiners

San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas Mexico

2011 and 2012

Sculptural and public performance. On going workshops.


Jacobo Laos, Ricardo Santis Gomez, Daniel Lopez Lopez, Juan Santis Lopez, Francisco Diaz Diaz, David Lopez Gomez, Freddy Gomez Gomez, Jesus Gomez Santis, Pasqual Diaz Diaz, Victor Diaz Diaz, Mia Eve Rollow


In San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas Mexico, child labor has increase 397 percent from 2000 to 2010. There are 2,481 working children in the city of SCLC with a population of 280,000 people. Children work in selling artisans, candy, cigarettes, and fabrics. There are also many shoe shiners, trash pickers, and window washers in the center of town and around the markets of the city.


Boleros is a culmination of two separate projects that worked with over twenty working children and youth in three-week workshops on public intervention, sculpture, and performance in a shared authorship. What was an "excepted" reality of Mayan working children, is now questioned when tools of labor become objects of play and creativity. We replace the wooden shoe boxes with blocks of plaster and shoe shining brushes and rags with chisels in order to challenge the publics notions of normality and excepted forms of behavior.


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