pacha mama
By Alex Appella
San Antonio de Arredondo, Córdoba, Argentina: Transient Books, 2013. Open Edition.

5.5 x 5.5" closed. Criss-crossed accordion book. Digitally produced collages printed using Epson inkjet printer. Bilingual text. Created and bound by Alex Appella.

Alex Appella: "Each August, in our homes, in our community, we give thanks to the Pacha Mama, to Mother Earth. We open her mouth, and we offer our abundance: our favorite foods, our kindest words, our music. We give thanks. We apologize. We put our rational and intellectual noise on pause, and we connect with the source of all life. Each year, I am moved more deeply by the perspective this celebration gives to me as an individual, to all of us as a whole.

"Despite cell phones, facebook, credit cards, unchecked abuse of local resources, feverish economic growth, the need for connection to what cannot be bought or measured or converted into a commodity has come forth as an undeniable presence in our yearly cycle."

Colophon: " Thanks to new neighbors who have come from Jujuy, in Northern Argentina, where the tradition is stronger, this celebration has taken deep root in our community in the sierras of Córdoba, in Central Argentina."