Cardón Cardinal

Patricia Esquivias

Cardón Cardinal arose from the investigation of an event that occurred 26 years ago. The displacement of a giant cactus (Pachycereus Pringlei), 17 metres high and weighing 18 tons, from the desert of Baja California to the garden of the Mexican Pavilion for the Universal Exhibition of 1992 in Seville. The cactus was later donated to Seville City Council and now survives next to the ruins of what was once the pavilion.

The video documents a trips to Mexico and to Seville in which author takes on the role of the preguntador, the name given by the indigenous people to the scientists who travelled through unknown territory on great expeditions. But she travels in approach far removed from that of those colonial explorations so closely linked to the appropriation, manipulation or concealment of knowledge. The questioner in this case is neither a scientist nor an agent of an empire at the service of the king. She is a woman, an artist, and with her questions she seeks to open conversations to revise hegemonic narratives. The cactus, the first interlocutor, shares the testimony of many times, its partial and fragmented knowledge is what shapes the narrative of the video.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Cardón Cardinal
  • Direction: Patricia Esquivias
  • Production: 2020.
  • Duration: 00:38:37
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Original format: Quicktime