MOLOJ WA'IX EJQaLEM

Comalapa, Guatemala

Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem is a collective of indigenous Maya Kaqchiquel women, who perform a piece on sexual violence in Guatemala. The performance spans Guatemala’s complicated political and cultural histories, and addresses the trauma and silence that comes in the wake of violence, the need to speak out and denounce abusers, and the healing that can be brought about through ancestral practices and community support.

Poco a Poco conducted interviews, and photographed and filmed the women’s powerful performance in Comalapa, a town in the Guatemalan highlands.

 

 

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Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performance preparation
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performance preparation
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Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performance
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performance
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performance
Through our performance, we want to give women to power to think- not in the way of, ‘Oh, us poor women’ - but instead, I have the ability make the decisions about my own territory, my body. This territory that I control, where I decide what happens.
— Marta Julia, Performer
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performance Guatemalan mask
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performance
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performance Guatemala gender violence awareness
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performance Guatemalan mask
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performance
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performance light smoke
We don’t just have to say the things we’re thinking - we can use art to change the way people think. People can hear our message and together we can use this art form that is part of our history, and the collective history of our culture.
— Marta Julia, Performer
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performance
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performance light smoke
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performer potrait
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performer portrait
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performer portrait
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performance Guatemalan mask
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performance Guatemalan mask
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performer portrait
Moloj Wa’ix Ejqalem performer portrait