Museo del Chopo among top exhibitions in the world

The list includes contemporary art exhibitions from museums all over the world

Museo del Chopo among the top 15 exhibitions around the world
English 11/01/2020 15:02 Newsroom Mexico City Actualizada 15:19

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In a list that consists of 15 art exhibitions around the world, the American magazine Hyperallergic, one of the most important voices in the contemporary art world, chose the Mexican exhibition “The Holes in the Water. Contemporary Indigenous Art” at the Museo Universitario del Chopo.

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The exhibition is on the 12th place of the list, which includes exhibitions like “Five Bhobh - Painting at and End of an Era” at the Zeitz MOCAA, Capetown, South Africa; “Michael Rakowitz,” of the Whitechapel Gallery in London; “Leandro Elrich: Liminal”, from the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art (MALBA) in Argentina, and the 15th Biennial Jogja in Yogjakarta, Indonesia.

Photo: Carlos Mejía/EL UNIVERSAL

The Mexican museum highlighted the mention made by “the prestigious art website” of the exhibition curated by Itzel Vargas Plata, which took place from May 23 to September 22, 2019, and presented Indigenous contemporary art that wants to work with the complex reinvention of its present with the legacy of previous cultures that existed before the arrival of the Spanish colonizers. All of this was based on the concept by Édouard Glissant, who talks about the need for addressing geography in all its diversity and from all its perspectives.

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Among the topics addressed by the artists in “The Holes in the Water. Contemporary Indigenous Art” for the elaboration of their pieces are the complaint about using the Spanish language, “a forced Hispanicization,” the environmental destruction due to the State’s concessions of their lands, the cancellation of their autonomy, and the racism they experience.

Photo: Carlos Mejía/EL UNIVERSAL

Linguist Yasnaya Elena Aguilar Gil stressed that “the indigenous” has been classified as a political term since Colonial times, so it is necessary to resist the image of folklorization and essentialization. The exhibition had the objective to achieve horizontal relationships among Mexicans, to project other stages of fair convergence, and a more united point of reflection.

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Among the artists who participated in the exhibition are Octavio Aguilar (Santiago Zacatepec Mixe, Oaxaca); José Chi Dzul (Dzam, Yucatán); Abraham Gómez (San Juan Chamula, Chiapas); Sabino Guisu (Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca); Ana Hernández (Tehuantepec, Oaxaca); Carlos Martínez González (Mexico City), y Noé Martínez (Morelia, Michoacán).

Photo: Carlos Mejía/EL UNIVERSAL

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