Curated by Erika Hirugami, MAAB.
Latin America has century-old traditions of indigenous artisans working on textile manipulation, from looming and weaving to embroidery or tapestry creation.
The selected group of female artists manipulate fiber textiles by creating collages, sculptures, paintings, and installations that go far beyond the traditional connotations of the medium.
Simultaneously alluding to femininity and tradition, while challenging art historical cannons. Arizpe, Santizo, Medina, Barragan, and Muñoz take it upon themselves to provoke said implications while embracing the complexity of the medium itself.
The gentle yet powerful works speak about the socio-economical growth in Latin America, as cotton is primarily responsible for the industry growth in Mexico, as well as the construction of a new economy in the border towns alongside the MX/US divide, and the myriad of implications that this presents, from capitalism to necropolitics.
Mending Structures juxtaposes tradition with political displacement; this dichotomy simultaneously evokes a return to nature, and signals to inherited tribal heritage, while also making a critical remark on consumerism. The works delicate in nature, serve as a bold political and socio-economical critique on modern Latin American power structures.