43, Purple Panic

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Video still of public intervention ’43, Purple Panic’ at Tlatelolco Square, Mexico City, 2015

Öğrenci invited to De Las Fronteras Biennial and residency program for 3 months at R.A.T in Mexico City. During her stay she made a public intervention called ’43, Purple Panic’.  She collected ‘jacaranda’ flowers from under the trees for 2 days as a symbols of ‘beauty, youth, spring and time for last exams (purple panic*) for the students’ than she made an ephemerae monument for 43 kidnapped students** at Tlalelolco Square*** in Mexico City.

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Video still of public intervention ’43, Purple Panic’ at Tlatelolco Square, Mexico City, 2015

*Purple panic is a term for student stress during the period late spring and early summer used by students in south east Queensland. The purple refers to the colour of the flowers of Jacaranda trees which bloom at that time and haven been extensively planted throughout that district. The panic refers to the need to be completing assignments and studying for final exams.

Because the Jacaranda blooms in Queensland around October, approximately a month before final university exams for the year, student mythology and superstition claim that if a student has not started seriously studying for the final exams by the time the jacaranda blooms it is too late; if a bloom lands on a student’s head during exam time the student will fail an exam, but which can be undone by the student catching a second bloom before it lands.

The Jacaranda when in bloom is also known as the exam tree.

Conversely, while also the time of year the Jacarandas bloom in Pretoria coinciding with the year-end exams at the University of Pretoria, legend has it there that if a flower from the Jacaranda tree drops on your head, you will pass all your exams. (Vikipedia, Purple Panic)


video still of public intervention ’43, purple panic’ at Reforma, Mexico City, 2015

** 43 Kidnapped Students: According to official reports, the students commandeered several buses to travel to Mexico City to commemorate the anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre. During the journey, local police intercepted them and a confrontation ensued. Details of what happened during and after the clash remain unclear, but the official investigation concluded that once the students were in custody, they were handed over to the local Guerreros Unidos (“United Warriors”) crime syndicate and presumably killed. Mexican authorities claimed Iguala’s mayor, José Luis Abarca Velázquez (es), and his wife María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, masterminded the abduction. (Vikipedia, Ayotzinapa)

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video still of public intervention ’43, purple panic’ at Bellas Artes, Mexico City, 2015

**Tlatelolco, literally translated “In the little hill of land” is an area in the Cuauhtémoc borough of Mexico City, centered on the Plaza de las Tres Culturas. The square is bounded by an excavated Aztec archaeological site, the 17th-century church designed by Fray Juan de Torquemada and dedicated to St James the Great (known as Santiago de Tlatelolco), the remains of a former Franciscan convent to which was formerly attached the Colegio de Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco, and an office complex that used to belong to the Ministry of Foreign Relations and is now the property of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

On October 2, 1968, ten days before the start of the 1968 Summer Olympics, the plaza was the scene of the Tlatelolco massacre. More than 300 student protesters were killed by the army and police who were trying to suppress the protests. (Vikipedia / Tlatelolco)


Video still of public intervention ’43,Purple Panic’ at Angel, Reforma, Mexico City, 2015