Un Peso

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“Un Peso” is the story of children who dive in the sea with an aim to find coins thrown away by the tourists waiting for boats in the city of Acapulco, Mexico. Acapulco, a fashionable city frequented by Hollywood stars and wealthy Americans in the 1950s and 60s. Having lost its former glory, the city is regarded together with Guerrera region’s drug cartels, news of violance, stories of youth and women have been lost or killed.  They had migrated from Costa Chica, across the border between Guerrero and Oxa, to live on coins which they collect from the sea in the erstwhile famous Acapulco. Children keep coins inside of their mouths during swimming. The innocent image of children floating in the water, almost like dancing, seems to cover up for the widespread violence and economic inequality in the city, but it also reveals it.

Öğrenci recorded the diving children encountered by chance in Acapulco during her stay in Mexico in 2015 for the De Las Fronteras Biennial.

Un Peso, video, HD, 4’55”, 2018