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Fuerza del desierto. The Sierra Hermosa Community Museum and Reading Club

April 7, 2023 12:00 pm April 23, 2023 6:00 pm

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-6pm

An exhibition focusing on the The Sierra Hermosa Community Museum and Reading Club curated by Natalia de la Rosa.

The Sierra Hermosa Community Museum and Reading Club (Zacatecas, Mexico) was founded in 2000 by Juan Manuel de la Rosa in his hometown. Initiated as a small library, this project quickly grew to feature textile workshops and a growing collection of artworks. Its collection is shared through a unique system: artworks are not warehoused but are exhibited in rotation within Sierra Hermosa (in a school library, shops, and in people’s homes).

Natalia de la Rosa’s exhibition introduces the concept and the practice of this expanded museum and places it in the context of the extreme violence, extractive politics, and migratory crises which shape life in Zacatecas, situated in the Tropic of Cancer in the North of Mexico.

This exhibition features work by the museum’s artist founder, local painters Luis Lara and Francisco Lara, textile artists Yuri Ríos and Gabriela Gamez, and artists who participated in a residency within this experimental and rural museum (2017-2020). The latter artists include Wendy Cabrera Rubio, John Birtle, Cristóbal Gracia, Josué Mejía, Irak Morales, and Israel Urmeer. This exhibition redefines concepts such as the border, mobility, and cultural contact as we encounter them within artistic, museological, and pedagogical contexts. The result is a reflection on Sierra Hermosa’s landscape, its history and its own memory practices.