Celosías Mexicanas, 2016
Gallery Weekend México
Contemporary ruins attempt to reveal a national identity. Multiple modules of brick dust, embedded by books and stones of Mexican origin, will talk about the intricate history of Mexico, a multicultural nation, today a mixture of the modern and the past that is still in force in the nation. Formed by the mixture of its history and processes, from its original peoples and cultures, its colonization, independence and revolution at the beginning of the 20th century, the proposal will analyze the structure of Mexican society, eternally anchored and founded on its own rubble.
I propose for the space indicated a stone ruin brought to the modernity of brick. The modules, created by remains of pulverized bricks from destroyed buildings in the city, will refer to the architecture of Pedro Ramírez Vázquez and his Museum of Anthropology, thus commenting on the use of ancestral origins and processes in the modern architecture of the nation.
The structures here will be decadent; exposed by their own deterioration, revealing the beauty of their porosities and fractures. The pulverized brick symbolizing a surviving culture, constantly reformed and restructured, one that rises and rebuilds with fractions of its own history. The manual carving of books and stones will refer both to the origin and pre-Hispanic work as well as to the recent architectural work of the country.
The stones embedded in the modules will refer to the origin. Used in the pre-Columbian past in a utilitarian, decorative, cosmological or cult way for the construction of temples and palaces, the stone speaks of the origin. The mineral itself shows the passage of time, the terrain that the ancestors of the nation inhabited and worked. The stone works as a reflection of the historical, architectural and anthropological process of the country.
The books, for their part, refer to the present. Writings carved from Mexican economy, education and architecture, act as worthy traces of time, making present the constant change in the cultural reforms of the territory.
Its specific content is irrelevant. These refer to the striae of the present, books that force a re-reading beyond their content and pedagogical codes. They represent the different processes and problems that the country is going through. The books, finally laughing at eroded but vital and unique processes of the Mexican identity: an alloy of the mistakes, solutions and successes of the nation.