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Alex Appella

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Pacha Mama
by Alex Appella



5.5 x 5.5 inches, digitally produced collages printed using Epson ink jet printer.
Criss-crossed accordion book.
2013, Open edition. Bilingual.

About the book:
Each August, in our homes, in our community, we give thanks to the Pacha Mama, to Mother Earth.
We open her mouth, and we offer our abundance: our favorite foods, our kindest words, our music.
We give thanks.
We apologize.
We are even brave enough to make a few requests.
We put our rational and intellectual noise on pause, and we connect with the source of all life.
Each year, I am moved more deeply by the perspective this celebration gives to me as an individual, to all of us as a whole.
Thanks to new neighbors who have come from Jujuy, in Northern Argentina, where the tradition is stronger, this celebration has taken deep root in our community in the sierras of Córdoba, in Central Argentina.
At the same time, in long overdue recognition of native customs, more and more of our local schools thank the Pacha Mama each August. Something has shifted. Despite cell phones, facebook, credit cards, unchecked abuse of local resources, feverish economic growth, the need for connection to what cannot be bought or measured or converted into a commodity has come forth as an undeniable presence in our yearly cycle.


George Mason University, Fenwick Library, Special Collections

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