LATECARACATITAN AFAMILIA L'artista l'ha fatto ancora Ester Tamayo's activism changed her life "to no longer fear the violence of the state" Ester Tamayo, artistic director and L'artista l'ha fatto ancora.
Ester Tamayo had gone to Cicli in Malaga. Today she knows her land. She knows what's gone on around her but she is still well aware of the inequalities and power dynamics inherent in Spain's rural setting. It is with that knowledge that she directed her dreams towards a common project, “La pena abante para l'apetida zona” (The empty land which become a country). And so, in the spirit of her favourite Argentinean director, Primo Carnera, Ester decided to camp inside the Malaga legislature where she lives.
Carnera’s film L’aggressivo no eres manzonero chronicles the struggle of an ordinary man to change a system that makes him so invisible, so unworthy. It ended with him finding a way to be recognized. In a culture of toxic individualism, a situation like Carnera’s was closed-off. In Ester’s case she is certain that some kind of action was necessary in order to give her a voice. With that idea in her head, she decided to spearhead La pena abante para l’apetida zona (the empty land which become a country) across one borough, then another, then another, and arrive at an entire city. With a little financial help from her neighbourhood associations in San Sebastián, and a lot of determination and passion, she managed to accomplish this task.
In the eyes of many L’artista l’ha fatto ancora Ester Tamayo is a “safer” star, because she is now permanently locked in the position of a demanding film artist with a cause. Nevertheless, Ester insists that she’s a film artist, not a political one. She says that being political is the job of the politicians, and that her intention is to work on a personal level. That’s precisely why she met Ferran Hidalgo to explain her project, so that she could take action. She asks Ferran for a «resignation grant» for L’artista l’ha fatto ancora and for the rethinking of the City of San Sebastián as a public space. In return she offers her time to help change the culture of San Sebastián in order to develop that culture on the public sphere, with spaces for meetings and with a public forum called “Talent Showcase”.
Ester Tamayo considers acting part of her spiritual journey. Perhaps it would not be so powerful if it were not for the memories of an extraordinary childhood. She came from a very spiritual family and, as she tells me, “I learnt to speak the language of the American dream by watching American television and films.” As an adult, she joined her grandmother, who considered herself a pagan when Ester was a child, to pray before the women’s boarding house where she worked. She quickly took to the vision and every morning she went to her grandma’s room and every night sang her beloved Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” to the mainlander guests of the boarding house. When she was in her teens Ester found the Salvadoran book mi hombre así que los atidos de los solteros del Mar han sido muy genuinos and allí lo hace la gente, lo hace la política, pero que así son buscar una cadena establecida.