Said Dokins has shared with us a mural that contributes in honoring women’s social struggle. Said made this wall in the city of Coachella, California, for the “Coachella Walls” Festival, with the support of Med Sobio (33 Third Media) & Date Farmers. The theme Coachella Walls is working on this year is “American Women: a Homage to the Women of the Americas”.
In this mural, the artsit inscribes the names of some collectives and organizations led by women, seeking and fighting for the defence of human rights in Mexico and Latin America.
He has included the First Feminist Congress of Yucatan of 1919, the Movement of Women Liberation of the seventies, the fight of Zapatists Women in Chiapas, Comité Eureka of Mexico (Comité Pro-Defensa de Presos, Perseguidos, Desaparecidos y Exiliados Políticos), the ANFASEP in Peru (National Association of Families of Kidnapped, Detained and Disappeared of Peru), the collective “Las Comadres” in El Salvador (Comité de Madres Arnulfo Romero), the movement Ladies in White in Cuba (Las damas de blanco), the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina (Madres de la Plaza de Mayo), the Mothers of Heroes and Martyrs in Nicaragua (Las madres de héroes y mártires), among other women social fighters in Latin America.
Said Dokins, Mujeres luchadoras americanas, 2016. Coachella Walls. Downtown Pueblo Viejo. 1604 6th Street. City of Coachella. All photos by Med Sobio 33 Third Media
Said Dokins, 1983 Mexico.
For Said Dokins calligraphy and graffiti are intermediate practices of inscription and trace, of twisting symbolic orders and of political enunciation. Dokins lives and works in Mexico City. His cultural practice takes on contemporary art production, research and cultural management. He has put on curatorial projects related to urban arts and a number of political issues happening in his country. Among other awards, is the winner of the Iberoamerican Contemporary Art Creation Prize, Cortes de Cadiz, Juan Luis Vasallo 2015 in Cadiz, Spain. His work as an artist has been shown nationally and internationally in countries as Spain, Germany, Holland, Belgium, United Kingdom, Argentina, Chile, Brasil, El Salvador, Peru and others. It takes up the economy of medieval calligraphy, the energy and expressiveness of japanese calligraphy, besides creating a poetic based on pre-phonetic writing. For Dokins every experience is a trace, a psychic impression that creates a texture in our symbolic universe. In that sense, calligraphy and graffiti aren’t just on paper and ink, on the walls and spray, but on every event of our existence.