Dancing with the Zapatistas

Dancing with the Zapatistas

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Dancing with the Zapatistas brings together scholars, artists, journalists, and activists to respond to the continuing work of the Zapatistas twenty years after their insurrection in 1994. Available online, this open access multimedia digital book includes essays, photo essays, interviews, and spoken word and theatrical performances that offer insights into the workings of the Zapatista Council on Good Government; the murals in the Caracoles; the Escuelita; Subcomandante Marcos; and Zapatista music and celebrations. An exceptionally rich visual resource, this book discusses how Zapatista and Mayan thought permeate the daily life of the Zapatistas, from the way in which their languages configure collective identity to how music affirms the Zapatistas' conception of history. Ultimately, Dancing with the Zapatistas considers how the Zapatistas work with those outside their movement while covering how they have influenced the practices of activists and artists around the globe.

Contributors: Brian Batchelor, Henry Castillo, Elvira Colorado, Hortencia Colorado, María Luisa de la Garza, Ricardo Dominguez, Jennifer Flores Sternad Ponce de León, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Marta Molina, Lorie Novak, Julio Pantoja, Claudia Isabel Serrano Otero, Jacques Servin (a.k.a. Andy Bichlbaum), Alexei Taylor, Diana Taylor, Luis Vargas-Santiago, Moysés Zuñiga
Published in collaboration with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University


"Dancing with the Zapatistas provides a rich overview of the Zapatista history of art and activism and those inspired by the movement within the last 20 years . . . . Dancing with the Zapatistas is an exemplary resource for artists, scholars, undergraduates, and graduate students who are interested in the entanglement of visual art, performance studies, activism, and the Zapatistas." — Christen Sperry-Garcia, TDR: The Drama Review

"Dancing with the Zapatistas stands out for its commitment to one of the most important social struggles of our time, its integration of the work of great scholars, artists, and activists into a cohesive and engaging form, and its clear dedication to advancing scholarship without abandoning the search for social justice. Finding audiences among academics, activists, and general readers interested in the Zapatistas, this project makes a fantastic contribution." — Pedro Lasch, author of Black Mirror/Espejo Negro and Art of the MOOC: Merging Public Art & Experimental Education

"In their digital anthology, Dancing with the Zapatistas, Diana Taylor and Lori Novak show us how the Zapatista movement has redefined resistance to neoliberal economics, state tyranny, and racism for the twenty-first century: not through the barrel of a gun but with political creativity, artistry, performance, social media, poetry, and song. In seventeen interactive, multi-media essays on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Zapatista insurrection, contributors bring us Zapatista songs, murals, speeches, interviews, and personal reflections from twenty years of autonomous government. Most importantly, the interconnectivity of each essay in the anthology mimics the Zapatista politics of global connectivity, hyper-linking Zapatista political and cultural performances in their autonomous caracoles to hemispheric artists, hacktivists, scholars, and dramaturges whose own work is inspired by the Zapatistas, their cybernetic, postmodern politics, their mandando desde abajo. This anthology answers the question, 'what are the Zapatistas up to lately?' with an invaluable visual and audio record of the their movement's after lives, both inside and beyond the autonomous zones in Chiapas. It is a must read for any scholar, activist, or artist interested in the possibility meaningful change in people's daily lives, in the expansion of indigenous rights, and in sustainable social movements. Teachers and professors in Latin American and U.S. studies, in Performance and Visual studies, in Feminist and Queer studies, and in Indigenous and Ethnic studies will be assigning this book in their courses for years to come." — Maria Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, author of Indian Given: Racial Geographies across Mexico and the United States


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Diana Taylor is University Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University.
Lorie Novak is an artist and Professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University.

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