Opening and Talk: Thursday, June 8 at 6:45pm
The Mexican Cultural Institute announces its next exhibit Tierras Ambulantes (Clay in Transit) opening June 8, 2017. Produced by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and curated by participating artist Paloma Torres, Tierras Ambulantes explores the work of seven Mexican sculptors who use clay as a means of returning to cultural roots.
By creating contemporary pieces from an ancient medium, these artists build bridges between the past and the present. Each artist gives a breath of fresh air to the clay they work with, using mixed media, conceptual installations, technical experimentation and reflections on the utility of art. In an era accustomed to the ephemeral, where immediacy is what deprives, they impose the slowness of process, and what it derives, as a soothing balm.
Beyond examining the fluidity of time, Tierras Ambulantes also finds cultural links across space by exploring the significance of origin and destination in the immigrant experience. The exhibit features crowd-sourced images and stories submitted to the curator that communicate the importance of ceramic and pottery in the lives of Mexicans living in the US.
Participating artists include Gustavo Pérez, Ana Gómez, María José Lavín, Perla Krauze, Saúl Kaminer, María José de la Macorra, and Paloma Torres, all of whom have earned international recognition for their work displayed in solo exhibits or permanent collections around the world.
On Thursday, June 8th at 6:45pm, curator Paloma Torres will give an artist talk to discuss her own work as well as the curation of the exhibit and its pieces.
The Cultural Institute of the Embassy of Mexico is located at 2829 16th St. NW. For more information, call (202) 728-1629, visit www.instituteofmexicodc.org