ARCHIVO FAMILIAR DEL RÍO COLORADO





Archivo Familiar del Río Colorado
is a project coordinated by Jessica Sevilla, Mayté Miranda, and Rosela del Bosque that has worked in close collaboration with Enero y Abril since 2021, Leslie García since 2020, and recently with Hoshi André Ramirez. The collective was formed in 2020 in Mexicali by conducting fieldwork and documental research for a year before launching to the public in 2021.

Archivo Familiar del Río Colorado is a collaborative project that explores the relationships between people, ecosystems, settlements, and water in the Colorado River deltaic region. It seeks to produce, collect, and edit documental registers, emphasizing the family archive, and investigate how memory is constructed through contingent relationships with water. It uses the artistic field as a means to explore different experiences of territory and landscape; from the affections, fiction, and experimentation; considering the asymmetrical tensions that operate in Mexicali and the US/Mexico border at geopolitical, institutional, and corporal scales. The project is based in Mexicali, Mexico, and has been expanding ever since its launch in 2021. It began as an Open call and is now a platform for artistic research projects, curatorial work, and the intersection between contemporary art, ecological crisis, and community-building. Archivo Familiar del Río Colorado consists of various interrelated activities: we launch open calls, archive, organize walks, public events, talks, and workshops, curate exhibitions, and publish zines. We work with local and international institutions, universities, collectives, researchers, and artists.is a growing community archive that seeks to gather, give visibility, and rewrite the intimate stories of our human-river relationship— primarily but not exclusively, in the delta region.

Our research work hopes to overcome flat notions of water landscapes, of the river as a provider of ecosystem services, and of water as a resource, to delve into the experiences of the tangible, multisensory, and spiritual relationships with water and the biosphere. We expect to find in these experiences and their repositories (objects of memories and desires) new paths to rebuild ties with a river that has been hidden, dried up, piped, and polluted throughout the region. And we question what form the art of the archive, or the archive and art, can take to reveal alternatives in the face of imminent catastrophe, when the dominant discourse for conservation and the human-nature relationship continues to be instrumental and economically oriented.

The project launched in 2020 with an ongoing open call for family images, fiction, and oralities on the deltaic region of the Colorado River. 
If you have any archive, story, or memory to share, please send your materials to the email: archivofamiliardelriocolorado@gmail.com