del Andamio (The Scaffold)

Who would I be without the constant support that my brother gave me growing up? Del Andamio honors our relationship and our latinx working class heritage, by melding handmade adobe bricks and commercial-grade steel together. My brother spent most of his life building scaffolding for large commercial properties. His body raised these buildings, as many POC bodies have, while going unnoticed and under appreciated by our greater society. These shape shifting building materials, simultaneously support each other while giving tribute to collective labor, sibling love, and forgotten stories of ancient indigenous structures. Symbols of indigenous cosmology, inspired by Molas, artisanal quilts made by the Guna people of Panama, are embedded in the adobe, making visible that which has been ignored and hidden. The VR experience reveals multiple planes of existence, stories of labor and cultural practices. The molas, which are generally used for protection and support, speak to the bond I have with my brother as we navigate a world that is intent on silencing us.