Article 11

Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence. No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Hilo Magico

About my work

My piece shows hands being free from chains, exploding in flowers and feathers, representing victory over injustice. I like using natural fibres because I think they keep the energy of the image represented. For this piece I used cotton. 

I would like people to see and feel faith and positivity, knowing that justice exists and you should never lose hope. Mexico, my beloved country, has suffered from bad government even before I was born, but for the last 10 years things have turned horrifying. The number of deaths is alarming: journalists, activists, civilians and even children—without forgetting, of course, the situation of our immigrants at the US border. 

I would like to make this piece in the loving memory of all the victims and all the mothers that didn’t recover their sons or daughters, and also as a picture of how I see us coming out of this: victorious.

- Hilo Magico

Hilo Magico

About me

Norma (Hilo Magico) is a former communications executive from Mexico City. She is the mother of a girl and, after maternity, she started a project that fuses two of her passions: meditating and embroidery. For her, the repetition and the rhythm of embroidering is a meditation itself. She learnt to embroider from her mother, and her mother from her mother. She also identifies with the thousands of indigenous women in Mexico who have been knitting and embroidering for hundreds of years using weaving tied to a tree. Norma sees this as a heritage to women today, weaving their lives, learning to slow down and be more present.

Other blocks about Article 11