Tzolk’in/ Count of Days

2020, video, color

Tzolk'in/Count of Days transforms Mexico City's renowned National Museum of Anthropology (built in 1964) into a defamiliarized architectural site inhabited by the ghost-like figures of tourists and workers who move through it. In moments, these figures share the frame with spectral artifacts from the territory's pre-Colombian past, while in other instances, the artifacts burst rapidly onto the screen as ethereal objects in exaggerated color and aliveness. Tzolk’in/ Count of Days features the minor Mayan artifacts of the museum's holdings offsetting the spatial design of the building and grounds, which intentionally centralized Mexico's prominent Aztec civilization.