• Artist: Naomi Rincón Gallardo
  • Medium: Video Installation
  • Project Type: Disturbed Landscape
  • Curator: Kari Cwynar
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown

Eclipse is the final chapter of Naomi Rincón Gallardo’s Tzitzimime Trilogy and will screen alongside a new animatronic butterfly prop inspired by the video.


City Hall Loading Dock

  • Address: 100 Queen Street West
    Enter from West side entrance of City Hall Loading Dock. Please be advised that the grade into the loading dock is steep and may be slippery in rain. Visitors are cautioned walk slowly and carefully.
  • Public Washrooms: No
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Advisories: Strobe Lights Content may not be suitable for young children
  • Content: Loud noises

The Project

This video work is the third chapter of Naomi Rincón Gallardo’s Tzitzimime Trilogy – a series populated by figures related to the Mesoamerican underworld, nocturnal animals associated with bad omens and brigades of arms coming up from the grave who convene in a necro-landscape in Mexico. In Eclipse, a beheaded young man trains a military routine that alternates with a dance of wounded humanity. A group of Itzpapálotl – obsidian butterflies with flint-tipped wings from the nocturnal and subterranean world – emerge from their chrysalises to find themselves in a threatened landscape, amid climate catastrophe. When the moon devours the sun, it is feared that night will prevail forever and the Tzitzimimes — female deities in Aztec mythology — will descend to Earth to devour the planet’s men. Video featuring: Federico Schmucler, Enrique Arriaga, Ángeles Fernández, Diana Gómez, Zaid Glez, Juan M Galvias and Luis Enrique García.

The Artist

Naomi Rincón Gallardo (1979) is a visual artist living and working between Mexico City and Oaxaca. Her research-driven critical-mythical dreamlike worldmakings address the creation of counter-worlds in neocolonial settings. In her work she integrates her interests in theatre games, popular music, Mesoamerican cosmologies, speculative fiction, vernacular festivities and crafts, decolonial feminisms, and queer of colour critique. She completed the PhD in Practice Program at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.