Calvary Day School
Fine Arts High School Fernando Fader
“Jallalla” is an artistic practice, which we are using during the celebration of Pachamama
in August in Bell Ville, Argentina. The flood of 2014 made us realize the consequences
of deforestation, of intensive farming, and the lack of environmental programs for our
area. It has become the trigger of our proposal.
This project forms part of what can be called COMMUNAL ART. It begins by
analyzing—both theoretically and practically—human relationships and their wider
social context. It emphasizes teamwork. Its aim is not only making changes in real
conditions, but also making an artistic impact on real environments. The activities
involved and their constant redefinition make this a truly dynamic proposal, adapting to
changes in circumstances.
The project has three distinct parts:
1- The first part we call “Happening”. Here Wiphala comes into play, involvingrenewable planting each year, adhering to their design and colors. In this activity the spectators receive seeds of native trees (carob tree, thorn trees) which were given by the Root Group of Belle Ville (an ecological group dedicated to the care of trees in the city). The participants commit themselves to planting the seed and to care for the sprouts during the year.
2- The second part shows the connections between the participants, and the groupthat provided the seeds on our Facebook page. We see images of the sprouts, professional advice for their care, pictures of the art work, and interviews, among other things.
3- The third part is the closing of the cycle, involving the gathering of the sproutsand giving them to the Root Group of Belle Ville, replanting them, identifying the place from which they came, and the sponsorship (godfathering) of each plant.
4- Jallalla is a word from the quechua-aimará languages. It means that which weare doing and saying will be. It will be not just because we are saying it. But rather because we are going to work to make it be. And the entire universe will trust that it will be. It unites the concepts of hope, celebration, and good will.
5- Pachamama Pacha (from the aimará and quechua languages) refers toearth, world, cosmos. And mama refers to mother, or Mother Earth. La Pachamama dates from pre-Incan times and refers to an ancestral goddess of the Andean world.
6- Wiphala This word comes from aimará, is an expression of happiness and “phalax”, which is the sound produced fluttering a flag. It is more than simply “flag”, and it is the emblem of the original Andean people, their philosophy of life, and the doctrine of Pachakama. Pachakama unites order and unity of the universe. It constitutes the space and energy of our planet.
Students who participated in
Students who are participating
Ana Carolina Uriarte
Marina Soledad Saldari