This weekend I traveled to Guadalajara for the first edition of the forum Violencia y Arte held by the Secretaria de Cultura de Guadalajara in collaboration with other organizations. It was a very stimulating forum at great venues with great dialogue by an amazing creators and thinkers. Personally I was very moved by the entire thing. Particularly by the discussions of how Mexico as a country has created a “form” of expression that is based on its violent history. But more than just looking at the art, speakers rooted out the how and why this has become the true Mexican form of expression in art and culture… from pre-hispanic era of human sacrifices, Spanish conquest, mass genocide, the revolution, to its present day narco wars. Influencing forms of expression ranging from narco corridos, dance, art, to film making.
The events I attended were:
- Keynote address by Cuauhtemoc Medina, Ph.D. – curator at MUAC
- Nosotros performance by Moving Borders (amazing performance group)
- Recorrido of Instituto Cultural Cabañas with Eduardo Subirats, Ph.D. & Ernesto Lumbreras, Poet and writer (great discussion on Orozco’s murals)
- Table discussuion/forum on: Violencia Como Espectaculo
- Keynote address by Eduardo Subirats, Ph.D, Professor at New York University (NYU)
- Music by Sonido Changorama from D.F. (not so good, very disappointed but they did have free beer)
- Video exhibition by Colectivo de Video Colombiano
- Museo Raul Anguiano (MURA)
- Museo del Periodismo y Las Artes Graficas (MUPAG)
- Laboratorio de Arte, Variedades (LARVA)
- Instituto Cultural Cabañas
You can read more about the event at their website here: http://violenciayarte.
Following are some images from the forum…