San Cristóbal de Las Casas. Chiapas, México
In six years of organizing 30 exhibitions, with Mayan and Zoque artists, six thematic fields emerge as clear indications of where contemporary Mayan/Zoque art from Chiapas is going.
Needless to say, these fields have no absolute boundaries; on the contrary, there is a lot of “osmosis” and in fact the fields can be understood to be in dialogue with each other.
With the emphasis on the contemporary in the art produced by these artists, both media and content are emphasized. There is interest in new media – video art, performance, textile art – and in issues of social relevance (ecology, gender relations, etc.), with emphasis on a processual and relational art in which the viewer contributes to the work, understood not only as an art object but as a totalizing aesthetic and symbolic experience.