Mis Hijos was projected on a continuous loop from 7-10pm on Friday, September 25th on the front exterior wall of the Arbor Institute in Boulder, CO during the opening night of the Interwoven Community Vigil.

“The Arbor Institute presents an outdoor video installation of Mis Hijos by interdisciplinary artist Alejandra Abad. The moving artwork features a poem written and recited by the artist’s mother, Lisbeth. This is a visual record created during isolated walks of the artist’s observations and her mother’s internal struggles of being apart from her children during the pandemic. The projection can be viewed outside safely from the park and public areas around the Arbor Institute with social distancing” —Arbor Institute

This installation is part of the month-long exhibition Interwoven : a resting place for collective grief.


Video of isolated walks in Boulder, Colorado in March 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic & audio of mother’s voice.

1:17 min on Loop

Mis Hijos \ My Children

 

Mis hijos es lo que me hace levantarme cada dia

My children are why I wake up everyday

Con la esperanza y el deseo de seguir luchando

With hope and the desire to continue fighting

Mis hijos, son las tres estrellas que iluminan mi vida

My children are the three stars that illuminate my life

la razón de mi vivir en este agobiado tiempo que estamos viviendo

the reason to live in this overwhelming time we are living

Enseñarles a volar fue mi norte…

To teach them how to fly was my north…

No verlos, para mi es terrible no abrazarlos

To not see them, for me, it is terrible to not hug them

La incertidumbre de esta pandemia me quema

The uncertainty of this pandemic burns me

Pero los bendigo cada día y les repito

But I bless them everyday and repeat to them

Te amo hijo mio. Te amo Hija mia

I love you my son, I love you my daughter

Porque se que algun dia estaremos juntos

Because I know one day we’ll be together

Y rezo por ello

And I pray for that


Elevo mi mirada al cielo y seguiré rezando

I lift my gaze to the sky and keep praying

Hasta que los vuela ver nos volvamos abrazar

Until I will see them again and we can hug again

Esta pandemia loca esta incertidumbre terrible

This crazy pandemic, this terrible uncertainty 

Dios los Bendiga hijos míos

God Bless you my children