This special collection of Oaxacan Alebrije puts before us what we do not want to see and represents an intimate condition of the world without feeling or assuming the responsibility of coexisting with other species.
"Plague" is a sharply reflective collection that dwells between the limits of what we consider beautiful and what we passionately reject as unpleasant.
The anxiety or repellent effect commonly produced by animals considered to be pests is negated by the meticulous details of Zapotec iconography, silver details, and gold leaf finishes that adorn these crunchy creatures carved from copal and cedar wood.
This exhibition reaffirms the uncomfortable commitment to the plague by contrasting the relationship between the forms of the beautiful and the disgusting that can be reversed according to the gaze of the observer. With a double visual sense, teachers confront our notion of what is desired, what is beautiful, what we want to possess and what we want to be a part of.
All these insects were articulated around various scenarios that come from the hand of man and show the adaptability of these small animals to the conditions that we generate for them without realizing it. We flee and focus our efforts on exhausting the plague at all costs because it shows us how dirty, dark and mundane in our own lifestyle. Curiously, the same element that brings us closer to the plague is the one that takes us away from it: our lifestyle that accumulates, throws, dumps and fills with waste.From an invitation to reflection Plaga brings to us everything that we do not want to see and we produce ourselves.
Workshop Jacobo and María Angeles
The Jacobo y María Angeles workshop (San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca; 1994) is a workshop dedicated to the production of figures carved in copal wood called: Tonas and Nahuales. The workshop is based on the principles of communality and various gastronomic projects, bio-conservation and exploration of materials such as ceramics and jewelry emerge from it. Each one of them is committed to its natural and social environment, emphasizing sustainability, activation of the local economy, generation of projects that involve the community and exchange of knowledge and know-how.
The workshop has participated in various exhibitions, conferences and competitions in Mexico, the United States, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Spain, being the recipient of various awards and mentions in publications. It is currently part of different private and public collections, including the National Fund for the Promotion of Handicrafts (FONART), the Museum of Popular Art of Mexico City (MAP) and the State Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca (MEAPO) , Banamex Cultural Promotion, Alfredo Harp Helú Foundation (FAHHO), among others.