Almanac of Daily Repair, by Mexican artist Lorena Wolffer, presents the record of people’s responses to the “Pact for the Other Pandemic.” The pact calls for all members of the public to commit themselves to the ethical task of eradicating all forms of gender-based violence and discrimination within their communities and larger societies. It reflects on the fact that if violence against women was already a worldwide “pandemic” before 2020, its impact and scope has only magnified during the last year. International agencies around the globe have reported on the differentiated impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s lives. In addition to demanding that states fulfill their obligation to safeguard women’s lives and rights, Almanac of Daily Repair proposes a radical cultural transformation to stop reproducing all forms of gender-based violence within our immediate realms: in our own daily actions and those enacted by members of our communities.
Wolffer’s powerful work is a metaphor for sealing and protecting the wound from further exposure to the infection of violence, creating a call to action to support and defend women through building cooperative and sustainably equitable communities. The metaphor of oxygen-rich red blood cells arriving to build new tissue that creates a type of scaffolding refers to the repair process Wolffer aims to address by encouraging this cultural metamorphosis at a micropolitical level. Being a participatory work, signatories of the pact are asked to document the changes they put in effect through photographs and videos uploaded on social media with the mentioning of #AlmanacOfDailyRepair and #AlmanaqueDeReparaciónDiaria. For more information to participate, check: https://almanaquedereparaciondiaria.blogspot.com/