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Sunday, August 4 – 5:30PM
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres

For a world facing social and environmental crises, Ascent of Weavers is a call for awakening and action for collective healing of the earth. Entities of white, red, blue, and black embody cycles of the sun, the heavens, and the underworld and directions of human life in pre-Hispanic Zapotec civilization. The entities undertake a journey into Mictlan (Lyobaa in Zapotec)—the underworld of the Mixtec mythology—aided by Xolotl (a canine god), who leads them through the underworld’s nine levels. Here they are challenged by piercing winds and crushing mountains, finally crossing rivers of blood to emerge as goddesses of weaving (Tlazolteotl, or Nohuichana in Zapotec)—warriors leading us to a more just, equitable, and sustainable relationship with our planet.


Director: Rebeca Méndez
Cast: Evelyn Méndez Maldonado, Gildardo Hernández Quero, Rodrigo Hernández Quero, Reina García Martínez, Liliana Hernández García, Mariana Juárez Contreras; Alexa Guadalupe Martínez Santiago
Cinematographer: Gabriel Noguez
Editors: Addie Liang and Gabriel Noguez
Colorist: Eric DeHeaven
Music: Drew Schnurr
Foley Sound: Dale Strumpell
Installation system designer: Carlos Garcia
Research and Production: Maru García
Assistant Designer: Angaea Cuna
Sound assistant: Juan Robles
Editor assistant: Juan Carlos Santibañes Miguel
A Rebeca Méndez Studio and MACO production

Special thanks to:
Cecilia Mingüer, MACO; Marietta Bernstorff, MACO; Gabriel Noguez and Jesse Chorng, Ceremony, NY; Brian Collins, Collins; Alexei Tylevich, LOGAN, LA; Christina De León, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; José Luis Noria, Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca; Mitla Archaeological Site Staff.

Includes a post screening Q&A with the director(s)



Rebeca Méndez is an artist, designer, and professor at UCLA, Design Media Arts, where she is founder and director of the CounterForce Lab, a research and fieldwork studio for art, design and environment. Her research and practice investigate design and media art in public space, critical approaches to public identities and landscape, and artistic projects based on field investigation methods. Méndez’s diverse works develop within science, design and art through immersive installations, sound, video, photography, book arts, and drawing, with focus on post-humanism, eco-feminism, Anthropocene and environmental justice. She has received significant recognition including her recent inclusion into the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the 2017 Medal of AIGA, and the 2012 National Design Award in Communication Design. Solo exhibitions: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Hammer Museum, Nevada Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oaxaca, Mexico. Group exhibitions: 55th Venice Biennial, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Méndez is known for her career-long commitment to ‘design and art as a social force,’ and her interests and initiatives are a bridge between art, design and science, and demonstrate a commitment to the environment and a sustainable future.