Without Regret There Is No Forgiveness (2013)
is a performance art piece that served as a penance from my Spaniard heritage. During Columbus day in 2013, I walked alongside the parade scattering corn kernels. Corn was an offering used by native indigenous tribes as a blessing for the death. As a Spaniard, I was raised to believe the Spanish conquest of the new world was an event in history worthy of being proud of. It was not until I moved to the US that I understood the damage and the real story. In this performance, I present my repentance for the history ingrained in my DNA and ask for forgiveness as I walk along the parade that still seems to celebrate the beginning of mass extermination. The performance ends at the St. James Church, the saint of the Spanish conquistadors that was later adored by the indigenous communities.