MCCLA and the Fine Arts Gallery at San Francisco State University (SFSU) will present concurrent exhibitions showcasing powerful displays of contemporary art from Mexico. An interrelated mix of politics and aesthetics, the two parallel exhibitions explore labor, migration and contemporary issues – amplified by a historical lens. An exciting series of video installations by Contemporary artists from Mexico City, San Francisco and Tijuana.
MCCLA will present four video installations by artists: Carlos Amorales,Tania Candiani , Miguel Calderón, Sergio de La Torre and Torolab
Videos included in the DF>SF>TJ exhibition, La Hora Nacional /The National Hour (2010) by Carlos Amorales, a color film with sound that is a reflection on the pre-Hispanic collection and proposes a radical rupture from the institutional interpretation of Mexican history.
Also San Francisco-based artist Sergio de La Torre will exhibit his video: New Dragon City (2008), Video which feature 6 Cantonese youths. Sergio’s videos address the new reality of the Cantonese population living in Tijuana today.
Tijuana-based collective Torolab with Homeland: The Iu Mien Farm Tapes project (2009). Homeland is an ongoing project about the construction of home territories and the constant revaluation of identities within nomadic, migratory and refugee communities. The Iu Mien Tapes project follows a specific Asian community, the Iu Mien, through their journey of Traditions-Transitions-Translations, from their historical migration from China to Vietnam and Laos to their participation in the Vietnam War, followed by their life in refugee camps and their final settlement in Western United States.
Miguel Calderón will present his Video installation: Los Pasos de Los Enemigos/Steps of the Enemy (2006). A poster of a black panther on his bedroom wall inspired this project when he was a teenager.
Tania Candiani’s Battleground (2009), a 2-channel video shot in both El Paso and Cuidad Juarez goes to war in the domestic sphere, protecting female bodies using common kitchen implements as both weapons and armor, in work that challenges the rules of engagement in the home. She uses her own body as a battleground, absorbing and reflecting the violence that surrounds her. The artists deflect the aggression that permeates contemporary society and its resulting disempowerment.
Tania Candiani will host a “Refranes” Workshop at MCCLA Gallery, (TBA) please check our website for further information: www.missionculturalcenter.org
Two events will take place at the de Young Museum on Feb. 20, starting at 1:00p
1pm A panel discussion on contemporary art and culture in Mexico with Itala Schmelz , Taiyana Pimentel and other artists.
3pm “¡Soy México!” (part two) Film screening introduced by Tarek Elhaik and Jesse Lerner.
Curated by Julio César Morales and Maurizzio Hector Pineda.
MCCLA thanks our sponsors: San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Gerbode Foundation, The Zellerbach Foundation, The California Traditional Folk Arts, NALAC, The Brown Foundation, Bill Graham Foundation, and other private and individual contributions.