Zona Maco: Where International Contemporary Art Comes Exposed
By Henry Moyal
Something new but interesting and quite exciting happened to us after eight years of living in San Miguel: we found ourselves boosted to the status of art collectors. More precisely, we met, mingled, and moved with kindred people for the duration of Zona Maco, held February 4-8, 2015 at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City. We were invited because, over the last few years, we have looked at, watched, touched, and bought artworks at the Yam Gallery.
The Yam Gallery, located inside the Instituto Allende, is owned and operated by Adolfo Caballero, aka Negro, and his French fiancée, Marie Moebius. Both are passionate art appreciators with strong opinions and well thought-out convictions that bring world class art to San Miguel de Allende. It is a gallery where the viewer’s conception of what is artistic is constantly under question. The artists represented are explorers in their chosen artistic sphere and all are hugely talented. It is this marriage of searching for one’s artistic voice, coupled with talent, that makes the Yam Gallery such a force to reckon with. In my estimate it is this focus that places this art gallery on par with the best contemporary art galleries in Mexico City, L.A., Madrid, or Zurich. The Zona Maco proved it in selecting the Yam Gallery.
We attended Zona Maco’s twelfth iteration and were not disappointed. For anyone who has ever been to an international art fair, the rows of galleries and the greeting line of magazine publishers make for a very familiar experience. Fortunately, the art shown was anything but brain-numbing. As art lovers, we enjoy and appreciate seeing a large amount of artworks under a roof, albeit a large one, but one that we can walk within the span of a few hours. As art collectors, we were able to walk the aisles many times over to take mental notes and to use these on subsequent return visits.
After our first experience of an art fair in Mexico I am sold, once more, on the power of art to gather onlookers to question their place in the universe. Good, but not necessarily safe nor conventional, art makes one strive for answers that sometimes shift to the realm of the spiritual when it offers glimpses into a transgressed universe or into the unknown. It is a vibrant and exciting new world to discover, constantly seeking to stay a step ahead of itself. This is the art the Yam Gallery offers; this is what we enjoyed most at Zona Maco. Life, like art (or art, like life), never rests; everything is in a constant flux, always in a quest to go beyond itself.
Thank you, Yam Gallery for inviting us into the VIP program, for your enduring commitment to bringing world-class artists to San Miguel, and your lifelong dedication to art. To Zona Maco: may your thirteenth iteration be your most successful art fair in Mexico, and may the world notice you!