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                             “Calle 13” grabará su nuevo videoclip en 12 países

Calle 13 hará una gran apuesta para el videoclip de la canción “La Bala”. Bajo las órdenes del director Alejandro Santiago, las imágenes para el próximo trabajo se rodarán en 12 países.

Así lo explicó el director al diario boricua El Nuevo Día, donde contó cómo será el clip. Habrá niños, jóvenes y adultos que serán impactados por una bala mientras caminan por los distintos centros urbanos.

“Es una colaboración mundial. Es parte de un movimiento que está haciendo Calle 13 para crear conciencia en contra de las balas perdidas. El concepto del vídeo es de una bala que va atravesando el mundo matando gente. Es una dramatización de la realidad que estamos viviendo a nivel mundial, que está muriendo mucha gente inocente. Por eso, el concepto va dirigido a que se detengan los disparos hacia gente inocente y los tiros al aire”, explicó Santiago.

El cantante, René Pérez, también hizo mención al video en su cuenta de Twitter: “Pronto sale nuestro último vídeo de nuestro último disco Entren los que quieran. El vídeo de La bala”.

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                                                                           Para Alejandro Santiago

“Escucho sollozos en la mesa… Sé que la enfermedad avanza. Nada lo para. No quisiera que sufrieran, ojalá supieran que es hermoso ver el mundo así, en la penúltima visión. La luz, la claridad, los contrastes, son más intensos. Las palabras adquieren sentido. El Amor se ve más sólido. Indisoluble. Todo se coloca en su lugar.

Sé que no volveré a ver estas nubes, estos árboles, no me volverán a besar ni amarán este cuerpo destruido. Sólo me queda el recuerdo, cerrar los ojos, dormitar entre las imágenes, evocar las caricias y recorrer la memoria como un casete, detenerla en un momento, repetirlo las veces que sea necesario hasta saciarse.

Pude ser tantas cosas, pero soy esto. Sé que secan sus lágrimas y endurecen el corazón, como si eso fuera suficiente, pero el tiempo fluye. Lo veo cada día en el espejo, las ojeras se desploman, mi cabello, mis ojos… mi boca seca.

No quiero que duela, por favor, sea quien seas, donde sea que te encuentres, que no duela por favor… no quiero despedirme retorciéndome  en espasmos. No quiero que me duela. Quiero que sea como quien cabecea de sueño. Sencillamente caer.”

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Damián Mictlantecuhtli.

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Visiting an artist and a legacy:

Part III. Alejandro Santiago’s “El Zopilote”

Our next trip required us to pack ourselves into two cars as more people joined us. We traveled 45 minutes to a desolate piece of land owned by Lucio’s father. This place is the legacy; “El Zopilote”. The land was his ongoing and future monumental project; slowly growing the ranch into a full working workshop for future artists. Lucio made sure to repeat to us that those who were meant to be part of it, were the people of the community themselves. Cowboys and agriculturists of the land had begun to be invited by Alejandro to form part of his project, teaching them the ropes of molding and creating projects like “2501 Migrantes”. Our first glimpse of the large land were two-story high sculptures that resemble the same “migrantes” that brought Alejandro to the world stage. As we drove into the ranch, it was impossible to dismiss the sea of 2,501 sculptures of fired clay bodies laying neatly on the ground. Having only heard of the project, seen unjustifying photos on the web, and not expecting them to be there; seeing the pieces in person is a whole other story. We trekked the land and its various spaces as we learned that Alejandro would use money from selling paintings to slowly building individual rooms one by one. The idea was to, in the future, have an artist haven. Unfortunately, the world lost Alejandro Santiago this past summer. But what does remain, is a son that understood his father and now works to have that dream completed.

photos and writing by collaborator: Dominique Suberville

Last year while on vacation in Mexico during the G20 summit, I was stunned when hundreds of migrant statues appeared in a sand lot in between some resorts one morning. It was an incredibly moving sight. I didn’t know who the artist was, or how long they’d survive in the open, but they stood long enough for the G20 world leaders to see as they drove to and from their meetings. #RIPAlejandroSantiago #alejandrosantiago

Visiting an artist and a legacy:

Part I. An Introduction

We were invited to make the trip to Oaxaca, Mexico by San Miguel de Allende gallerist Alcides Fortes, whom I first had the pleasure of meeting when I visited his space, Galeria Nudo. His invitation came with the intention of introducing us to the world of Lucio Santiago, son of late artist and personal friend to Alcides, Alejandro Santiago. Maestro Santiago passed away this summer leaving behind a legacy that highlights the importance of Mexican art in a worldwide context. With his massive installation piece “2501 Migrantes”, Santiago struck a chord to one of, if not the most, significant problem in the country. Half a year later after his death, Maestro Santiago’s son, Lucio, an artist himself; manages his father’s growing ranch, two galleries, and two of his own studio spaces. Getting a personal tour of these spaces by Lucio himself, was an honor.

photos and writing by collaborator: Dominique Suberville