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Interview with Isis Rodriguez for “Perros Sagrados y Sus Chamanes” Art Show


Irma Rosado is an artist who doesn’t shy away from controversy. In this interview, she talks that, as well as about the purpose of her art, her thoughts on shamans, and much more.

Irma Rosado: Last year you had a very controversial show that depicted women in lingerie and military attire. Why did you choose the topic of shamans and Xoloitzcuintles for this show?

Isis RodrÍguez: The purpose of my art is to show conflict. What I wanted to do this year was to show how conflict can be resolved by introducing a new male archetype, a shaman. The Xoloitzcuintle has been historically linked to the tombs of ancient Mexicans, who believed they were guides into the afterlife; I wanted to do a series showing the spiritual death of an old self.

Irma: Your work usually depicts women. Why a male? Why not a woman shaman?

Isis: I thought it was important to show men as healers, as people that can be trusted, especially in light of the amount of sexual harassment and abuse that women have encountered.

Irma Rosado: How does this new show fit into your concept of “Legends from the Realm of Nepantla?”

Isis: Nepantla was a word that the Aztecs coined to mean “in the middle” and to describe how it felt undergoing the conquest. This signaled the birth of the Mestizo and the trauma that all indigenous peoples endured. I have observed that all descendants of that time period are undergoing ancestral trauma. “Legends” is an ongoing series that addresses ancestral trauma.

Irma Rosado: Why did you give this important twist to Day of the Dead?

Isis: Day of the Dead is about reuniting with our ancestors and understanding that death is not final but an evolution. My twist is about putting attention on the inevitable transformation of ourselves when we are in recovery from our own personal traumas.

Irma Rosado: Why did you choose Jorge Reyes’s music?

Isis: I feel that we share a kindred spirit and wanted to commemorate his music, which was devoted to beautiful pre-Hispanic sounds with modern influences.

Irma Rosado: Do you consider yourself controversial?

Isis: No. I’m interested in telling a story about the issues facing contemporary women.

Irma: Who are more critical of your work? Men or women?

Isis: Women.

Irma: What should the audience expect from your show, this year, Perros Sagrados y Sus Chamanes?

Isis: I don’t consider my exhibitions art shows. They are events where people get to experience nepantla and the glory of being human. For example, at 4pm, we are having a healer, Makulxochitl Tonalpoulke do a special blessing of the Xoloitzcuintles to inaugurate Perros Sagrados y Sus Chamanes. So all owners of Xoloitzcuintles are welcomed to bring their dogs to the show.

Perros Sagrados y Sus Chamanes is available to view 4–7pm at Galeria Nepantla, Pablo Yañez 9, in Colonia Independencia. For more information, you can email or call at 121 1022.


Art Show

Perros Sagrados y Sus Chamanes

Work by Isis Rodriguez

Sat, Oct 20, 4pm

Galeria Nepantla

Pablo Yañez 9, col Independencia

More information:

121 1022


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