To begin the seasonal cycle of exhibitions for January – March 2017, the Fernando García Ponce Museum – Macay contemporary art museum presents the artists Francisco Toledo, Amador Montes, Patricio Toro, and Johan Sundgren.
“El maíz de nuestro sustento” (the corn of our sustenance) by Francisco Toledo is a photo series created by the recognized artist from Oaxaca that exhibits the changes from conventional agroindustry to transgenic techno-industry.
“El otro muro” (the other wall) by Amador Montes (Oaxaca, 1975) is an essay and investigation into the Wall as a symbol, “a wall that with canvas reproduces the textures of the eternal construction that is always there to restrain us. The wall is the theme, the form, the support and the idea,” explains art critic Avelina Lésper.
“Migraciones forzadas” (forced migrations) by Patricio Toro is an exhibition with different themes; the main one is the dramatic diaspora from the 21st century “stained by the blood and pain of drowned or abandoned children on European beaches, abused and trafficked women, men treated as slaves, and ships sunk in the Mediterranean,” in the words of the artist himself.
To these reflections he adds a criticism of the “passive rebellion towards a globalization marked by wars based on transnational interests; suicide terrorism carried out by “religious” fanatics; corruption in politics, sports and busimess; attacks against nature (oceans, jungles, and fields).”
Finally, “Bajo la lámpara” by Johan Sundgren narrates, through black and white photography, his experience working for municipal home care services in Stockholm in 2000 and 2006.
“I started photographing these houses. I asked the elderly patients if I could take photos of them while working as a nursing assistant in their homes. I helped to bathe them, washed clothes and dishes, and I gave them their medications. Sometimes we went for a walk, to get a little exercise and breathe some fresh air, but there was never enough time for everything. My job as nursing assistant was, above all, psychosocial work.”
The exhibitions will be on display until March 31st. Free entrance.