Women on the beach are summoned by the voices of the sea. Maybe this call is an urgent invitation to gather … to take action against the abuses that occur on the seabed of Isla Nena, Vieques.
The women who bathe in the ocean change their outfits into their work attire, and, literally, they start entering the underwater space.
The women gradually start adopting another-body, metamorphosed, turning into guard fish, or possibly into warrior fish.
We warn our habitat, little by little our limbs undergo changes. A highly dangerous mutation occurs. We feel it in the depths of our bodies/our gills.
You can see the evil on the horizon, a sense of destruction, a lack of purity in the water-air. The USA gray warship-monster in our Caribbean waters.
Dubious beauty—evidence—floating body—inevitable sign of death—
The fish-bodies, the women-bodies are brought to the shore by other women. Or are they the same? They are no longer fish. What are they?
Viveca Vázquez, The Beaches Are Ours, 1989. Video. Running time 4:09 minutes. Directed by Viveca Vázquez in collaboration with David Ferri, Mari Martín, and Pilar Álamo. Cast: Teresa Hernández, Mari Martín, Pilar Álamo, Rayza Vidal, Eva Vázquez, Dorcas Román, Viveca Vázquez. Sponsored by the Foundation for Puerto Rico and The National Endowment for the Arts.