07.06. 2019 - ?.08. 2019
Kunstraum am Schauplatz,
with Allan Villavicencio, Sofia Cruz, Christian Camacho, Lucia Vidales, Juan Caloca, Madeline Jimenez Santil, José Eduardo Barajas, Prras, Sangree, Karla Kaplun, Pablo Cendejas, Matias Solar, Victoire Barbot, Maximiliano León, Ana Segovia, NAAFI, Lilly Pfalzer, Andrew Birk, Alma Saladin & Marco Rountree, Daniel Hüttler, Paloma Contreras Lomas, Israel Urmeer, Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba
presents the work of twenty-six artists based in or associated with Mexico City for the first time in Vienna.
The show brings a selection of active agents in the field, from artists to music collectives, to map out the extent of this diverse network. Creating
their own structures outside of insititutionalised formats, artists and creatives have found that mutual recognition and generational support
are the most effective ways of achieving visibility and agency. In a place with a polarized and unstable socio-economical base, and during
times of attention as currency, true cooperation appears as the only way that the independent parts can benefit from the force of the whole.
Organized by Maximiliano León, Andrew Birk and Lukas Willmann.
Curated by: Maximiliano León, Co curated by Andrew Birk
Organised by: Maximiliano León, Andrew Birk and Lukas Willmann
'In the last few years Mexico City has experienced an internationally
acclaimed boom as a result of a multi-faceted net of factors. Balancing
a delicate equilibrium of safety for outsiders, and a violently corrupt
reality, the mega city is on its way of becoming a world capital for
culture and tourism, mirroring successful capitalist models but -
literally - built on shaky ground.
Integrating the affluence and influence of internationalism through the
waves of artists and young professionals floating in and out of Mexico
as one very specific type of global tourism, the creative scene in the
city looks very different now than it did in the 90s. The question is,
how does a particular idiosyncrasy survive processes of exoticization in
the market of identities, while thriving in a world of new demands?'
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