autograph, london

Seeds of Nepantla

Thu 23 May || 6:30 - 7:30pm

Performance by Mónica Alcázar-Duarte

Join us for an artist performance inspired by the idea of Nepantla, a word of Aztec origin referring to the area between two bodies of water or in-between-ness


Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA, UK


For the best experience, a limited number tickets are available to this event. Book in advance to join us

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.

Join us for a performance by the artist in her current exhibition Digital Clouds Don’t Carry Rain at Autograph. Using performance as a medium of physical reflection, this event is inspired by the concept of Nepantla: a word of Aztec origin referring to the area between two bodies of water, or a state of in-between-ness. 

As the event starts, you will be invited to immerse yourself in the exhibition. The performance will last approximately 10 minutes, after which there will be a drinks reception and a chance for informal conversation amongst the artist and attendees.

This is an intimate event, and to ensure the best experience for everyone only a very limited number of tickets are available. We recommend early booking.

Tlachichiquilco in tihuih in tinemih tlālticpac: nipa centlami, nipa centlami. In tlā nipa xiyāuh in tlā noceh nipa xiyāuh ōmpa tonhuetziz: zan tlanepantlah in huīlōhua in nemōhua.

We travel along a mountain ridge while we live on earth, an abyss yawning on either side. If you stray too far one way or the other, you will fall away. Only by keeping to the middle way does one walk on and live.

Bernardino de Sahagún

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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part of the exhibition

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

Free exhibition, 16 Feb – 1 Jun 2024
Interweaving indigenous knowledge, colonial legacy and ecological urgency

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Everyone is welcome at Autograph. Planning a visit? Have a look at our Visit Us page to find out more about getting to the gallery, accessibility and more.


Accessible VEnue

Autograph welcomes people with all types of disabilities


Step free

Our building and entrance is step free. A wheelchair accessible lift goes to all floors


The performance will take place in Gallery 2 on the second floor


This is a standing event, chairs are available on request


The drinks reception will take place in our Studio on the ground floor

Ticketing policy

The ticket price for this event is £5. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If this ticket price is unaffordable for you, please get in touch with Harriet at about free ticketing options.

Autograph's events are very popular, and often sell out. To provide the best experience for everyone, tickets must be booked in advance for this event, and will not be available on the door. If you need to cancel your ticket for any reason, you can receive a refund up to 24 hours before the start of the event.

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The quote on this page is from: Sahagún, Bernardino de (2002). Florentine Codex: General History of the Things of New Spain. Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press

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.

Images on page: 1) Mónica Alcázar-Duarte. Photo by Michael Breakey. 2) Mónica Alcázar-Duarte, Ixchel - Mayan Moon and Birth deity, 2021. From the series Digital Clouds Don’t Carry Rain. © and courtesy the artist.  3) Autograph. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell.