Family Weekend: Becoming Chac Mool

Serpentine Gallery 11 Aug 2018 Free

Artists Harold Offeh and Veronica Cordova de la Rosa invited children and their families to create costumes inspired by Chac Mool, a reclining sculpture found on the top of Mexican temples and pyramids.

Drawing on the history of Mayan and Aztec sculpture and Cordova de la Rosa and Offeh’s performance practices, families transformed into a version of Chac Mool, a figure associated with water, rain and lightning. Using a range of reflective materials, families created body adornments echoing the mirrored surfaces and pool in Escobedo’s Pavilion, and posed, played and performed in and around the structure. This workshop was programmed in parallel with the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion designed by Frida Escobedo.

Offeh was the 2018-19 Serpentine Family Programme Artist in Residence and proposed to work with families to create Familial: Our Live Archive. Over the course of a year, Offeh invited artists to develop a series of workshops that brought together children and adults to explore media, technology, identity, architecture and public space. Working together and using performance, participants contributed to the formation of a live archive.

The Serpentine Galleries have signed up to the Family Arts Standards. We welcome families and to help you enjoy your experience we are committed to ensuring we meet these Standards. For more information on visiting the Serpentine Galleries with your family.

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