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Modos de ver

Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (MACG), Ciudad de México, México
January 26, 2018 – April 29, 2018

The BBVA Bancomer Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (MACG) Program issues a biannual call for Mexican artists between the ages of 23 and 35 to be part of a training program that supports the development, production and exhibition of new projects under the supervision and accompaniment of a guest curator, in this case, Tatiana Cuevas.  With this fifth edition, the program will have been in existence for a decade, during which time it has consolidated itself as a laboratory for training young artists.

Ways of Seeing is the result of eighteen months of work, research and dialogue with a set of interlocutors from a variety of disciplines and places of origin.  It offers an analysis of the habits, conventions, and systems that define the ways of producing and seeing art today, while at the same time dislocating this gaze by approaching other perspectives and methodologies.

The title of this edition of the Program is taken from John Berger’s influential television series about visual culture and his book of the same name, published in 1972, both of which would give a radical twist to traditional ways of seeing and thinking art.  For the first time, it offered a mass public not only an interpretation based on the principle that the visual representation of every time and context is an integral part of cultural understandings, political doctrines, social norms and philosophical positions, but also a recognition that the appreciation of said images is affected by our very way of seeing.

The exhibition brings together nine perspectives that address some of the urgent problems that have been posted by the crisis of credibility in political agreements and the promises of economic systems; the difficulty of imagining new social structures; and the erosion of institutions, urban projects and the ways in which the future is conceived.  It deals with a generation that is facing falling expectations for individual and collective well-being, while at the same time being confronted in the professional sphere with a panorama in which academic, cultural and commercial interests overlap with each other, confusing the real value of artistic practice: namely, giving shape to visions that are capable of bestowing a different meaning on their historical circumstances.  This set of works questions the relevance of the responses that the language of art can offer, pointing toward necessary, inevitable ruptures in those ways of seeing.

The selected artists in this edition are: Julieta Aguinaco, Lorena Ancona, Cecilia Barreto, Yolanda Ceballos, Amauta García, Bayrol Jiménez, Antonio Monroy, Victoria Estrada and Pablo Tut, who focus their pieces on credibility in political agreements, economic systems and social structures, as well as the erosion of institutions, urban projects and the ways in which the future is conceived.


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