V&A South Kensington, London

Monica Alcazar Duarte:
Digital Clouds Don't Carry Rain

26 April 2024

Free Performance
V&A x Autograph

Part of the V&A's Friday Late: Feminist Futures, imagining future waves of feminism and its agents of change


V&A South Kensington
Photography Centre, Room 99
Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL

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ABOUT THE performance

Affirming the value and survival of her ancestors’ indigenous knowledge, Mexican-British artist Mónica Alcázar-Duarte examines western society’s obsession with speed, expansion and resource accumulation at a time when ecological disaster looms.

In this performance, Alcázar-Duarte refers to botanical classificatory systems as a way of exploring ideas of technological categorisations, migration and the way in which language has been used as a form of erasure and assertion. This performance is accompanied by the screening of U K'ux Kaj / Heart of sky, Mayan god of storms (2023-24).

This performance will take place at Friday Late: Feminist Futures at the V&A, part of the V&A Performance Festival. This Friday Late imagines future waves of feminism and its agents of change. Artists, performers and collectives will explore alternative pathways of feminism through sensorial experiences, healing, activism practices and ancestral stories. The evening will share how feminist networks of care can be extended beyond conventional boundaries, debunking dominant narratives on gender, race and the body. It celebrates ways of strengthening support for communities marginalised by patriarchal systems and under-represented in previous waves.

part of the exhibition

Mónica Alcázar-Duarte: Digital Clouds Don't Carry Rain

16 Feb – 1 Jun 2024 at Autograph, London
Interweaving indigenous knowledge, colonial legacy and ecological urgency

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about the artist


Mónica Alcázar-Duarte

Mónica Alcázar-Duarte is originally from Mexico, of indigenous descent, she lives and works in the U.K. Becoming a migrant shaped her way of seeing and thinking, and it deeply shapes her practice. 

She has been awarded the Ampersand-Photoworks Residency (2021), Firecracker Grant (2020), Lucie Foundation Chroma Luxe scholarship (2019), National Geographic Wayfinder Award (2022),  National Geographic Arena Award (2019), Les Recontres d’Arles New Discovery Award (2018), and The Photographers’ Gallery Bar-Tur Photobook Award (2017). Her works included in public collections at Autograph, London, Museum of Modern Art artist book collection, New York, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and Wilhelm Hack Museum, Germany amongst others. She lives and works in London.

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in partnership with

This performance is presented in partnership with the V&A

Banner image: Mónica Alcázar-Duarte, film still from U K’ux Kaj / Heart of sky, Mayan god of storms, 2023-2024. 8’00” min. Mayan with English subtitles. Commissioned by The National Geographic Society.