Que Bonito Es El Mundo

2020
13-minute video with sound
Produced and presented as part of the Akumal Arts Festival 
Akumal, Quintana Roo, MX


(video available upon request)

This artwork was commissioned by Community Engagement for the Akumal Arts Festival by providing the artist with a one-month artist residency in Akumal (Quintana Roo, MX). Akumal is located on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, one hour south of Cancún and 30 minutes north of Tulum. During the past few decades, the region has rapidly changed due to tourism. This has resulted in the displacement of indigenous communities and ecological degradation. 

Que Bonito Es El Mundo is a 13-minute video essay that includes an audio interview with Romel Iran Beltran Chan, a fisherman, former Delgado of Akumal, and one of the longest-standing residents of Akumal. In the video, he speaks about changes to the landscape as a result of colonial tourism, and the work he is doing with members of the Akumal community to restore ecology. This video was commissioned by the Akumal arts organization that Chan co-founded, the Akumal Arts Festival.