UNTIL THE SONGS SPRING - MEXICO AT THE VENICE BIENNALE 2022
Under the curatorship of Catalina Lozano and Mauricio Marcin, this proposal offers a collective approach, from a decolonial perspective, reflecting on worldviews, technologies, territories, and the reconfiguration of gender subjectivities. The artists Mariana Castillo Deball, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Fernando Palma Rodríguez and Santiago Borja Charles offer allegories to imagine a coexistence based on complex relationships of reciprocity and respect. To construct a paradigm that addresses the mystery of regenerative coexistence of the most heterogeneous cultures, and not that of the exclusion of other living beings, both human and non-human.
Until the Songs Spring proposes to look at the ways that artists of different generations approach forms of knowledge that have not been colonized by the modern episteme, existing in resistance, and actualizing themselves to affirm opposite and alternate ways of life to the anthropocentric vision modeled by the univocal and unambiguous principle of progress. Under the decolonial perspective shared by the four artists in the project, their research offers a diverse vision of the thematic practices and conceptual matrices that characterize the contemporary art scene in Mexico today.
For this edition, the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature (INBAL) decided to modify the participation guidelines, based on criteria that would allow moving from an individual proposal, towards a sense of dialogue and greater collectivity, promoting intergenerational dialogue, with gender perspective, and to consider an interdisciplinary approach, in order to make visible the diversity of the Mexican artistic ecosystem, taking into consideration the viability and significance of the projects in relation to the current context.
Mariana Castillo Deball (Mexico, 1975) is a visual artist who has focused on exploring the history of cultural objects, their prevalence and the different ways in which they have been understood and interpreted through time. Naomi Rincón Gallardo (1979) is a visual artist who lives and works in Oaxaca, Mexico. From a decolonial feminist and queer perspective, her audiovisual and performative work creates narratives of desire, dissidence and resilience in the face of contemporary processes of dispossession and heteropatriarchal violence in neo-colonial contexts. Fernando Palma Rodríguez (1959) has developed a body of work that is intended to provoke reflections on the excessive use of technologies in modern life, and the ways in which capitalism has destroyed the balance between nature and culture. His work seeks a regeneration of the relationships between species and the revaluation of the living traditional culture of Milpa Alta, especially the Nahuatl language that prevailed in his native place and that has been disappearing. Santiago Borja Charles (Mexico 1970) interweaves relevant elements of diverse cultural heritages, that is, of different ways of conceiving the world; he achieves a series of juxtapositions that equally access both the tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
The invited jury that selected this curatorial proposal was comprised of: Carmen Cuenca, executive director of INSITE; Amanda de la Garza, general director of the University Museum of Contemporary Art and the Visual Arts Department, of the National Autonomous University of Mexico; Pablo León de la Barra, Curator at Large, Latin America at the Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, Patricia Sloane, independent curator and member of the Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo, AC; and Dr. Lucina Jiménez, general director of INBAL.
INBAL maintains its commitment so that Mexican audiences know the proposal that will be presented in Venice, for which it will launch a public program on digital platforms to offer a context of the reflections raised through the work of the artists that are present in their national pavilion. After its exhibition in Venice, the show will begin a tour in different venues in the country.