This performance is a collaboration among Mia Eva, Caleb Duarte, Judy Stone, Francisco Hidalgo and audience participants. The one-night, one hour performance took place in the tiny Galeria El Cerrillo in Chiapas Mexico on March 17th, 2009.


When the performance begins we see a group of men using ropes to lift an eight-inch, 600 pound slab of concrete. While they are struggling to life the slab, Mia tries to crawl and balance on the cement and a video of Francisco's energy work is projected outside the gallery space. At this point the audience is not fully aware that Mia is paralyzed.


During the performance the public experiences the fear and danger involved in lifting the slab as well as Mia’s fragility and strength. When the slab is lifted it symbolically raises the body of the “lower class” to the eye level of the audience, this confruntation made much of the audience hesitant to enter the room.  


The emotional center of the performance is felt when Eva shakes her elbows to balance, and her movement, in turn, causes the ropes, which are connected to the arms of the audience, to tremble. In this moment architectural structures and the human figure are at once trapped in friction, tension, and failure—each looking for definitions, places and goals to be reached. The artists seek to explore how labor and struggle exist alongside acts as simple as breathing, and how the natural forces of balance, compression, tension and expansion can be amplified into aesthetic, local, social and political spheres.


En esta exposición, el pintor y artista de instalaciones Caleb Duarte Piñón, invita a la astronauta y artista de performance Mia Eva -de Chicago Illinois- y a la artista de vídeo Judy Stone,-profesora de escultura en la Universidad de Maryland- a intentar levantar un piso grande de cemento utilizando cinco figuras humanas como los balances de Eva sobre el cemento flotante. En respuesta, Judy Stone, en colaboración con Francisco Hidalgo Diaz, proyectarán una seria de acciones de soltar y transferir esa tensión y conflicto a través de simples ejercicios de energía.


Las estructuras arquitectónicas y la Figura Humana, ambos son atrapados a la vez en un momento de fricción, tensión y falla, cada uno buscando definición y un lugar o meta para ser alcanzada. Con esta acción insignificante, labor y lucha, junto a una proyección de simples actos naturales de la respiración, estos tres artistas exploran las fuerzas naturales de la compresión, tensión y expansión más allá del valor estético, bajándola hacia la esfera socio-política local.


Community Performance with Temporal Sculpture

Mia Eva, Caleb Duarte, Judy Stone, Francisco Hidalgo

Galeria El Cerrillo, Chiapas Mexico, March 2009