RIGHTING THE WRONG KERMESSE. Art Intervention, 2001-2002. Work in Progress: Transitory Hall, 2001 / In the Backyard, 2014.
Righting the Wrong Kermesse was conducted on the schoolyard at Manuel Ascunce Domenech primary school, in San José de las Lajas: it is a municipal district of Havana. In 1788 the first church of San José was built on this same site: it had a cemetery on its backyard. Between 1896-97 the same site was used for common graves of the Valeriano Weyler's concentration camps: five thousand peasants were the anonymous victims throughout the length and breadth of the country. In 1946 the religious order Amor de Dios constructed a private girl's school. After the triumph of the Revolution it was expropriated to become a state primary school, where I made an archeological excavation interested in the victims of slavery.
The result is an school’s museum called Transitory Hall and created as part of the work in progress. It includes six urns of marble, ceramic, satin and glass to deposit inside the archaeological discoveries as two black human remains and archaeological artifacts. And it includes also archive documents, several full color photos, and two short films.