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La Maya was a forgotten and dilapidated Venetian sailboat from the 60s, closely linked to the history of the city, which would end up shattered like most artisanal boats, primitive and indigenous cultural pillar.

Unless… someone wanted to give him back a happy second life and the local community got down to work to transform him into a Trojan horse that would represent them as a pirate flag in the unquestionable Art Biennale, the world's ideological pillar.

And it is that when the artist Irene García-Inés arrives there in 2011 to participate in the famous artistic fair, she discovers such a disconnect between it and the people of Venice and such a collapse of the Venetian cultural idiosyncrasy, that she does not hesitate to buy the Maya for 600 euros.

From there, the stele of Maya brings together in an almost magical way a mosaic of protagonists, arts, crafts, treasures and events of Venetian popular history that end up turning it into a laboratory of art and debate on local communities, their habitats and their heritage.  

And like so many other places in the world are affected by the same current phenomena as Venice, Maya now travels to them with the mission of helping to refloat its essence and thus recover our Mediterranean cultural sovereignty.


Would you like to do what I give you  La Maya on our sailboat?

Go for a walk

in La Maya

Photoshoot in La  Maya

Hire Irene to tell her story on

The maya

Get married in La Maya

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