This week the Mexican art fair Zona Maco opened Wednesday, February 3rd in Mexico City. With their rising art market comes waves of artists honing cultural impacts to the landscape of a strong, building art market outside of Miami. We chose seven artists in and out of Zona Maco whose work is deeply influenced by their Latin American heritage.
Torolab is a Mexican collective founded by Raúl Cárdenas Osuana in 1995 that investigates and evaluates the quality of life in Tijuana. The multi-disciplined collective, composed of architects, artists and designers, is dedicated to improve the standard of living in the impoverished border city.
Born in a small town in Mexico, Joaquin Trujillo spent countless hours of his life traveling from Los Angeles, where he moved to, back to Mexico. His cultural heritage and nomadic lifestyle inform his photographic compositions and color palettes. His still lifes, for instance, show Mexican consumer items directly referencing his home country.
The Guatemalan artist uses everyday objects, often including sports equipment such as soccer balls, to illustrate Guatemala’s history and culture. Escobar uses traditional, artisanal techniques to create his objects; this combination of the everyday with the country’s heritage allows the artist to create mythological references.
The Mexican artist Erika Harrsch has been examining the life of the Lepidoptera in her practice, through which she explores ideas of migration, gender, nationality and other matters of identity. In her Passport series, for instance, she created a fictitious passport that joined the three NAFTA members together. The piece questions the boundaries of individual countries and the idea of a nation.
Born in Santiago, Chile, Paz Errázuriz’s photographs capture her quest for answers after Pinochet’s coup d’êtat in the 1970s. The artist’s practice constantly references Chile’s political and social history and counteracts the silence of the media.
Based in Culiacán, Mexico, the artist Fritzia Irízar explores the ideas of currency, value and economic systems. She examines the relationship between communities and the raw materials out of which currency is made, analyzing their mythical and economic value.
Pablo Boneu is known for shredding money and recombining different bills from different countries into abstract art pieces. He questions the value of money in his own country and globally. The ripping gesture is mirrored in his newer photographic series made out of strings. By tearing different strings off the images he not only deconstructs the photograph but also the identity that lies behind it.
Zona Maco will be on view at México Arte Contemporaneo through February 7th.