After over 2 years circumnavigating the world, I landed back in Albuquerque for a week. I was greeted first by my beautiful friends who made it easy to forget the blip in time. Next by the much anticipated New Mexican food, which was at a constant flow despite my stomach’s initial wavering. And last by these beautiful melons jutting into a sky so blue and wide one is reminded of why this place is called “the center of the universe”.
Culture shock ensued; especially when it came to drinking out (bars start closing around 1:30) and all the open space (a little eerie at first- where are all the people?). My first day walking to breakfast I spotted a woman driving a semi through the neighborhood. She sported a mullet, a cigarette and some sweet cut off leather gloves. As she pulled through the intersection I couldn’t help but stare. She seemed to notice my amazement and gave me a slight head nod, which I interpreted as “welcome back”.
I had the chance to go to Santa Fe and check out the current exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Check out Cannupa Hanska Lugar’s Stereotype series:
I also took a workshop on the experimental use of 16mm projectors with Vancouver based artist, Alex MacKenzie. Check out his work here.
I’ll be back Albuquerque.