Three artists open shows at Bellas Artes

By Guillermina Fonseca

By Russel Monk

Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez (Bellas Artes) will open three exhibitions on April 24 at 7pm: “Demonios Internos” (Inner Demons) by artist Federico Correa, “Próximos” by photographer Russell Monk, accompanied by Valerie Mejer’s poetry, and “Paradigmas,” by sculptor Laura Begoña.

Demonios Internos

“Demonios Internos” will open in the Sala de Arte Mexicano. Alberto Lenz, the director of Bellas Artes, it has written: “The dream of reason produces monsters, Goya expressed it in one of his most famous prints, number 43 of the series ‘Caprichos.’ In these works now presented by Federico Correa, following in the footsteps of Goya, he shows the monsters that inhabit his mind. Whimsical creatures, often hellish, that the artist produces to talk about issues that our society often prefers not to speak about: repressed sexuality, double standards, the sin of being different. Do not be afraid, for Correa’s inner demons inhabit us all. They are there, and sometimes they emerge and are present, and then hide again, but they do not leave; they persecute us and question our morals.”


The main gallery will be dedicated to the show “Próximos,” recent photographic works by Russell Monk, accompanied by poems by Valerie Mejer inspired by Monk’s photographs.

Russell Monk is a renowned British photographer who has lived for several years in San Miguel. His work has led him to explore different countries, focusing his lens to capture daily life, customs and local culture. In this exhibition he presents portraits of his neighbors, the people who live in and around his home, in one of the neighborhoods of our city.

Valerie Mejer is a painter and poet, born in Mexico City. Her poems explore containment and fragility, loss and the possibility of stratification of a landscape that was once familiar. They have been translated into English, Slovenian and Portuguese. She is a fellow of FONCA and the National System of Creators. Her poems have been published in England in Poetry London and the United States in Hunger Mountain Review, The American Poetry Review, and Translations, among other publications.


“Paradigmas” will be displayed in the corridors and gardens of this beautiful colonial cloister. It feature metal sculptures by Laura Begoña. In Begoña’s work we find a sculptural discourse developed through years of creative work, elaborated with objects made with iron and rusted over time, the exhibit is a solid proposal with very thoughtful and meaningful work. The content is being unveiled on the artifacts, affected by the imprint of human use. What would the iron objects we throw away say about ourselves? Laura Begoña presents a redefinition of objects.


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