A visit to Mexico City

Jumex Museum
At the Jumex Museum in Mexico City Michael Smith’s cheeky installation “Imagine The View From Here” just came down. A deeply mocking and heavily irony-laden piss-take on corporate culture meets art world curatorial practices meets real estate development. 20190303_182325His fake companies and his false personae of “Mike Smith” (an aging millionaire with disposable income to invest after he retires ) complete with mock videos and artificial corporate promotional installations that wouldn’t look out of place at all in any convention center conference. 20190303_181106.jpgIt all purports to sell timeshare lofts at the Jumex Museum itself with 24/7 curatorial services included. The levels of art-meets-life-meets-art etc ad nauseam perfectly fit the current international art explosions economic and corporate cultural climate and thus seems almost to close to the (probable) truth.
Also, I was very impressed with a gallery showing works selected from the museum’s permanent collection.
Museo Nacional de la Estampa

Demian Flores, an exceptional printmaker from Juchitan, Oaxaca shows a wide selection of woodblocks, woodblock prints, lithographs, etchings, silkscreen prints, and works that combine these techniques at the Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City. 20190306_104240.jpgMany works play with combining referents from Pre-Columbian history with those from modernity: Aztec era references collide with contemporary imagery. Time is compressed and the past is refracted with the present. In one series of lithographs he has taken the images of 14 etchings that were made in Spain in the 1600s that were modeled on the writings of conquistadors and Flores has added in found images from the Aztec era, from WW1 and WW2, as well as some from more contemporary social conflicts. 20190306_105412.jpgThese works offer surreal a-temporal narratives slyly conflating the kind of blatant racism, power politics and overtly fascistic social control mechanisms from the early days of colonialism with those of both the 20th century and by inference with those of today.

 

-Nikolas Soren Goodich, March 2019
http://www.nikolasgoodich.com

 

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