Monument to Santa Anna's Leg (2018)
In this video and installation work, Latinx artist Jose Luis Benavides and I search for Santa Anna's missing leg. The Mexican general Santa Anna not only lost his wooden leg to U.S. forces during the American invasion and occupation of Mexico in the Mexico-American War, but Santa Anna also lost half of Mexico's territories to the U.S. at the end of that war in 1848. Sharing in the trauma of Mexico's stolen lands in 1848 and the 1948 Nakba in Palestine, we film their our journey to Springfield, IL (USA) where a military museum keeps guard of Santa Anna's wooden leg in its odd fortress as a macabre trophy of U.S. global imperialism.
Monument to Santa Anna's Leg was commissioned for The Lasting Effect, Qalandiya International, ‘Solidarity’ 2018. It took part of 'On Collaboration & Solidarity' (Jun 25 - 26th, 2020), a conversation with lifelong human rights South African activist Albie Sachs and independent curator Reem Fadda, hosted by Dar Jacir for Art and Research in Bethlehem. | FB event.