Sinaloa, Mexico. From last January 20 and until next March 27, 2022, the House of Mexico in Spain hosts the exhibitionRoot and Rhizome, Mexico in the Otazu Collection‘, a selection of works by artists from the contemporary Mexican scene that are part of the Otazu Foundation, a subsidiary of the renowned Spanish wine company. Among the artists are the Sinaloans Fritzia Irizar Y Theresa Margolles.
‘Root and Rhizome, Mexico in the Otazu Collection‘ brings together 12 Mexican artists or those who work in Mexico, and whose work deals with the processes of construction of memory, legacy, history and territory, about the existing tension between memory and history and between collective and individual memory and about the intimate relationship between forgetting and remembering.
The exhibition includes pieces of various formats, such as video-performance, sculpture and textiles. There, Mexican artists Ximena Labra, Edgardo Aragón, Iñaki Bonillas, Fernando Palma, Tania Candiani, and Sinaloans Teresa Margolles and Fritzia Irízar participate. Likewise, there are also works by Marilá Dardot (Brazil), Oscar Santillán (Ecuador) and Carlos Arias (Chile), whose works are linked to our country.
About the works of the Sinaloans, Theresa Margolles exposes a plaster cast of a human face and is entitled plaster on skin. As explained by the website the House of Mexico in Spainthe piece “is the result of an action carried out by the artist on the Colombian border with Venezuela. During the periods she has spent in the area, Margolles has been directly involved and committed to the victims of forced migration. This mask, was modeled in situ to create a memory of the precise moment when one of thousands of Venezuelans crossed the border. Margolles wanted to capture a moment of fear and hope.”
For its part, Fritzia Irizar features a color print marked as Untitled, (Four Chikxulub mirrors). “The work of Fritzia Irizar he transmutes objects with the aim of revealing what they hide, analyzing the transformation of the everyday into objects of archaeological, symbolic, economic and artistic value. Although the value that Irizar talks about almost always refers to economics, his concerns extend to nature, faith and mysticism […] his work, therefore, uses fiction as a kind of trick, since it is from the non-truths that absurd processes are unmasked and our fetishes and nonsense become evident”, he explains the House of Mexico in Spain.
The venue’s program is based on supporting the talent of already established international artists and also supporting young creators, curators and art educators.
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