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Kunsthaus Santa Fé presents “La fuerza domesticadora de lo pequeño”

By Ana Quiroz

On Saturday, July 13 at 7:30pm, Kunsthaus Santa Fe will inaugurate the exhibition “The Taming Power of the Small” with the artists Iván Puig, Mauricio Alejo, Tania Candiani, María Ezcurra, Marcela Armas, Paola Dávila, Hugo Lugo, Alex Dorfsman, Rafael Rodríguez, Verónica Cardoso, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Daniela Edburg, Ulises Figueroa, Grace Quintanilla, Perla Krauze, Rocío Gordillo.

“La Fuerza Domesticadora de lo Pequeño”
Sat, Jul 13, 7:30pm
Kunsthaus Santa Fé
Santa Fe 22A
Col. Allende

At this time of contemplation about the end of all things and with a generously ambiguous interpretation of the term “still life” (where ‘still’ means ‘dead,’ as in the Spanish translation of the term, naturaleza muerta) I would like to ironically ask, “Is nature dead?” “Will it die soon?” “Is it infirm?”
Although visual representations of small (inanimate, domestic) objects appear throughout nearly all of the history of human civilization, the term ‘still life’ emerged in Holland in the 17th century as a pictorial genre of limited range, in which inanimate objects, characterized by their perishable nature, were grouped together. However, the useful and decorative function of such still lifes generated a level of overproduction that for centuries has stigmatized the perception of these “intimate paintings” as boring and overdone.
To contrast the climate of violence, injustice and distrust that currently prevails in Mexico, utilizing a shorthand version of “the strategy for happiness” by the Argentinean artist Roberto Jacoby as a concrete way to defeat fear and depression, this exhibition by Mexican artists reinterprets the outdated still life genre and with it the indeterminate nature of everyday objects and the inexhaustible contemplation of the insignificant. Expanding the pictorial genre of the still life to include diverse disciplines, this exhibition brings together works from a range of media such as video, photography, sculpture and installation that disrupt the common world of things. In opposition to the strategy of shock art, and in apparent simplicity, these artists present structures with distinct guidelines, which may allude to reflections of physical, aesthetic, moral, social or tacit ideals. They may work from points of tension such as the juxtaposition of the aggressor and the timid; or from an apparent physical equilibrium that gives way to a psychic imbalance. They pause at these nearly imperceptible changes, in absurd relations, where appearance is no longer real. So it is at these intervals of the seemingly insignificant and thereby with the strength of the small that mysteries and new circumstances continue to be translated.
This exhibition has been curated by Daniela Edburg and Ana Quiroz with the collaboration of the Museum of Mexican Women Artists. It will continue until September 2013.

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