TIZ 4. Slumil K’ajxemk’op (Rebel Land)

June 2022
Neighbourhood Picnic. Walking Together to Make a Commons. Museo Reina Sofía, 2022
Neighbourhood Picnic. Walking Together to Make a Commons. Museo Reina Sofía, 2022

Slumil K’ajxemk’op — which means “rebel land” in Tzotzil, a Mayan dialect — is how the Zapatista delegation renamed Europe during its visit to the continent in 2021. A gift for being aware of and recognising ourselves as part of another Europe “abducted” from itself, and which invites us to reinvent our ties to the past in an emancipatory mode of expression, to the point of returning our otherness to us: the non-suppressed condition. It is a shard of glass in the fissure of selves, in the shadows of identities and commands, between fragments of experiences, spaces and languages. Slumil K’ajxemk’op arrived by boat, slowly, off time, amid a global pandemic, challenging the global logics of control over resources and bodies. It arrived negotiating borders and norms, learning other forms of encounter and relationships with otherness that is also us; a journey towards diaspora which still inhabits and unsettles us, beyond the colours and words we recall and forget how they also constitute us.

The Museo accepts this gift by organising a fourth Temporary Intensity Zone (TIZ) with a decolonial subject, through which figures and practices from the Global South converse. Thus, the programme welcomes Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, which participates in the Aníbal Quijano Chair on decolonial thought — directed by Rita Segato and Elisa Fuenzalida — and in the Expanded Theatricalities Chair — directed by ARTEA — to engage in dialogue and reflect on the knowledge of bodies, the collective memory of their struggles and suffering, and their calls for a feminist emancipatory epistemology. By the same token, the Museo organises other activities and encounters interwoven through neighbourhoods, migrant tongues, festivals, meetings and picnics.