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Diego del Valle Ríos

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Field Perspectives 2019: The Possibility of Uncertainty

The Possibility of Uncertainty by Diego del Valle Ríos was commissioned to Terremoto as part of Field Perspectives 2019, a co-publishing initiative organized and supported by Common Field. Field Perspectives 2019 invites thinking that reflects on the future of the artist organizing field. The program, a collaboration between Common Field and nine arts publications, is published in two parts. Part 1 includes texts by Chicago Artist Writers, The Rib and Sixty Inches from Center. Part 2 includes texts by Art Papers, The Artblog, BmoreArt, Momus, Terremoto, The Third Rail, and Title Magazine. Generous support for Field Perspectives is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

In this commissioned essay, our Editor-in-Chief reflects on the condition of precarization shared within the art community in Mexico as a consequence of an imposed model of professionalization that normalizes and promotes individuality and relations of competition and abuse.

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  1. FONCA (National Fund for Culture and Arts) is a Mexican public organism part of the Secretaría de Cultura. It was founded in 1989 during the presidency of Carlos Salinas de Gortari with the aim of supporting “free creation” and the internationalization of Mexican artists. During its existence and through its programs as Jóvenes Creadores (Young Creators), México en escena (Mexico on Scene) or Sistema Nacional de Creadores (National Creators System), to name a few, it has promoted and encouraged artistic creation by awarding monetary grants and scholarships for art projects through a call for proposals which are selected by peers who have had support in past contests.

  2. Antonio Castro-Higueras. Industrias culturales vs industrias creativas: un análisis crítico. (Spain: University of Málaga, 2016).

  3. Richard Florida. The Rise of Creative Class. (New York: Basic Books, 2002).

  4. For the Ecuadorian thinker Bolivar Echeverría, whiteness, following Max Weber, is an ethical requirement focused on maintaining “the capitalist organization of the production of social wealth” in order to unify identities in the context of modernity. In this way whiteness becomes an ethos whose nucleus is a racism present in attitudes and behaviors that, according to the interpretation of Carlos F. Lincopi, “consists of a complete commitment to work, of asceticism of the world, of virtuous and moderate behavior, of productive rationality and stable benefit, of productive self-repression and that would be present, in an exemplary manner, in Protestant Christianity.” See more in: Bolivar Echeverría, Modernidad y blanquitud (Mexico: Editorial ERA, 2010) and Carlos F. Lincopi Bruch, “‘Modernidad y blanquitud’ de Bolívar Echeverría”, review published on Marxismos y Revolución, August 31, 2017. [Accessed on March 15, 2019].

  5. Nicolás Pradilla, “Poner en el centro la organización como forma de aprendizaje,” Cátedra Goeritz, February 2019, Gabinete section. [Accessed on March 15, 2019].


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