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. Many 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. These 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