U pakláan ba’ate’el báalamo’ob, 2023
Priscilla Dobler Dzul

U pakláan ba’ate’el báalamo’ob, 2023
Cotton embroidery on fabric
148 x 125 cm

Priscilla Dobler Dzul learned the art of embroidery from her grandmother and employs the same techniques and materials that are native to the Yucatan. The needle work you see in her embroideries has been passed on for centuries. Dobler Dzul has a deep reverence for indigenous wisdom and epistemologies, using native plants as sources for dyes and localized artistry. U pakláan ba’ate’el báalamo’ob (Las guerras del jaguar) is an allegorical tapestry that addresses indigenous struggles related to extractionism and land-grabbing. The dream-like scene depicts an epic violent skirmish between mythic Maya animal deities and gun-toting representatives of neo-colonial forces.

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