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Encounter with Butterflies in Mexico City

Updated: Feb 16, 2022

This presentation is about images from an unexpected site I encountered in downtown Mexico City. Walking at the busiest time of the day, I spotted a Phoebis philea butterfly floating a couple of feet above the heads of the rushing crowd. I found this pretty odd, especially because there is little vegetation and a lot of human activity on that block. After that first encounter, I saw more butterflies indifferently flying over the rushing crowd. Why were they there? With no flowers around and a few potted plants, I wondered: why this spot? Was I really seeing them? Seeing takes practice, and butterflies famously mimic their environment, making me question: What makes us choose what to see? Or how did the butterflies let themselves be noticed?

Majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Earth Sciences, Veronica Solis (She/Her) is one of the first core MiA founders and currently co-leading-organizer of MiA. Her functions are on-and-off-campus community liaison and social media content writer and administrator for the club. Her experience in the production of cultural projects is informed by her studies in Human Rights from Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana and Cultural Projects Curation from Casa Lamm Art School both in Mexico City. As a visual artist, she uses art as a way to create interdisciplinary community dialogue, a practice she applied in her neighborhoods in San Francisco and Acapulco, Mexico. She is a #FirstGen, transfer and former undocumented student, who will begin a Ph.D. program in Fall 2022. Her research interests include, decolonization, multispecies, landscape, and memory.

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