Drones, Resistance and Art

Droncita has come from the future to remind us that we can change everything1

In Mexico, you need to be very careful if you want to speak out against the Government.

In September 2014, a convoy of buses was shot at by municipal police and unidentified gunmen in the Mexican city of Iguala. The buses contained 57 women from the Ayotzinapa teachers training college. These students were trying to get back to their campus after collecting money to fund a protest. 43 of these students are still missing, many of these missing women were seen to have been taken away by police after the initial shootings.2

It is dangerous to speak out in Mexico, to be identified publicly as someone who is resisting authority. In response to this danger an acephalic organization calling themselves Rexiste has emerged.3 Their name Rexiste, is derived from two other words, Resist and Exist.

One day I saw the sun set 43 times

Rexiste uses graffiti, like the picture above, to disseminate their political media. To avoid being detained by the police during this act, they have constructed a spray-painting drone. They have named this drone Droncita.

Droncita

Here is the premier video of the little Droncita acting out against a semblance of the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto.

Droncita has come from the future to remind us that we can change everything, She gives us another perspective and allows us to see ourselves as we are even if we can’t see it: as big and as organised. The aim is to defend life and dignity. It’s a fight against authoritarianism.1

Droncita is part of a transmedia campaign against the current Mexican regime.