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River for a Thousand Years

This children's book, written in both Spanish and Zapotec, features a multicolored, plastic-bottle snake that invites readers to play and have fun, as it simultaneously encourages them to confront the problem of garbage choking our waterways. River for a Thousand Years, published in 2015, is inspired by an ecological and cultural project that I began in 2011 while an artist-in-residence at the Gubidxa Gallery in Unión Hildalgo, Oaxaca, Mexico. Victor Fuentes, creator and promoter of the independent art space, is also a writer, so we thought it would be fitting to disseminate the ideas explored during the creative process through the medium of an illustrated book. Between the two of us, we found a way to tell the story in a magical and fun way. For the illustrations, I used watercolor, gouache, ink, pencil and pieces of paper I picked up in the streets, combined with photos taken by Uli Loskot, partner in the documentation of the project.