Marginalia - Morelos - Mexico

Javier Ocampo

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Through this section, monthly, we invite agents of the artistic system to share a selection of images related to their practice or current interests. Images are published daily in the header of our website and shared through our Instagram profile. At the end of the month, the complete selection of images is published together with a text that contextualizes them. Here is the selection of September 2022.

The construction and creative processes in my artistic production come from affective experiences, political beliefs and conceptions of what it means to be homosexual in Mexico; to be brown in a racist country, to be a lower-middle class inhabitant in the so-called periphery—formerly known as provinces.

Navigating between solemnity, humor and sarcasm, I seek to generate objects, concepts, gestures and actions where my body appears transgressed through performative acts.  Through uncomfortable postures, the use of makeup or prosthetics, my work alludes to the transformation of the self and the violence involved in complying with the hegemonic and socially stipulated body under parameters that, more often than not, escape the inhabitants of Latin America.

My artistic production explores different media, mediums and materials to express visual reflections that I have delved into based on cultural research. The motivations to continue creating art in a peripheral city with little to no support when it comes to culture have remained the same for several years regardless of the obstacles or the fact that I have to work in an office job in order to pay for my creations and continue being an artist. My creative interests go beyond producing objects in series, they are rather a form of personal therapy with which I express myself.

I am currently researching the concepts of whiteness, pigmentocracy, and cultural colonialism in Mexico. Through video performance, installation and a diversity of materials I have explored the historical weight of art in Latin America, which throughout time has been involved in protests, denunciations and revolutions in pursuit of human rights and equality. Although we find ourselves in a present preoccupied with political correctness, where minorities have gained ground, we are still in constant resistance. Could whiteness, having emerged from a system of certified and institutionalized privileges for centuries, at some point become a minority? The concept of whiteness was enunciated as invisible, a conspiracy that could never be laid bare. We can only take refuge in the thought that in this convulsive present, perhaps there is a slight possibility of white becoming a color like any other.


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