Resisting the present. Mexico 2000-2012
Resisting the present? Who? Why? The exhibition opening this weekend at the Museum of Modern Art of Paris (Mam), steps away from your Hotel Regencia, may bring some answers. Conceived as a collaborative curating project between the Mam and the Museo Amparo in Puebla, Mexico, this show features the works of 24 Mexican artists born after 1975. The present, thus, is their life, and their country. But the questions they ask and the situations they are resisting reach well beyond Mexico’s borders.
These young artists grew up in a country bursting with the unanswered questions of our contemporary world: a country squeezed between North and South, rich and poor, globalized and traditional, joyful and violent. The exhibits presented – paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, installations of all sorts – dip deep into such questions. What is Mexico? What are borders? What is democracy? And, most importantly, is that all?
Most works are intensely political: they speak of Mexico’s and so many other countries’ every day and metaphysical issues – corruption, religion, emigration, the drug war, conformity. And, in spite of themselves, they reveal the country’s national identity, strong as ever, confused as ever, contradictory as ever.
The words of film director Alejandro Jodorowski, the only senionr (and non-Mexican) artist to be part of the project sum up their sentiment: “We fight against inertia, against the repetition of schemes, of laws, of pre-established formulas which mummify us and do not match human reality. I do not believe in political revolution, I believe in poetic revolution. Only poetry and beauty may save us.”