What does the state eat? The experience of development along the Grijalva River
The Grijalva River, which runs through the state of Chiapas in south-eastern Mexico, worked as a commercial route for thousands of years before changing character radically during the second half of the 20th Century. The river then became a site mainly connected to the production of electricity, through the construction of a series of dams – a process which still has not ended. In my project, I look closer into the ways that people living and working in this area relate to the dams, and the projects that are connected to them. In this way, I approach different aspects of discussions about development, neoliberalism and modernity, and their importance for the everyday life along the river.