*27th July* GRIT: Contemporary Mexican Video Art – An arbitrary selection 1996–2012

Posted on July 20, 2013

Goleb in collaboration with Outpost present:

GRIT: Contemporary Mexican Video Art

An arbitrary selection 1996–2012

Compiled by Joaquin Segura

Participating Artists:

Antonio Vega Macotela, Cristian Franco, Cynthia Gutiérrez, Daniel Guzmán, Edgar Cobián, Edgardo Aragón, Eduardo Abaroa, Gonzalo Lebrija, Iván Edeza, Marcela Armas, Mauricio Limón, Miguel Calderón, Renato Ornelas, Rubén Gutiérrez, Vicente Razo, Yoshua Okón.


Saturday 27 July 2013

Goleb, Burg. De Vlugtlaan 125, Amsterdam

Doors: 20h00

Programme begins: 20h30 (approx. 90 min.)

Followed by music & drinks, a farewell to Outpost!!!

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Any attempt to narrow down the definition of Mexican contemporary art practices is both an enterprise doomed to failure and an exciting exercise in understanding the diversity of a rich, yet incredibly fragmented context. The Mexican art boom days are now over: the bubble has burst and what we are left with is a vibrant circuit that thrives on constant new findings and a brand-new set of contradictions.

GRIT offers a current view on a troubled and contradictory context, which is also rather dynamic and exciting in its own incompleteness and unpredictability. This selection brought together by artist and founding member of SOMA in Mexico City, Joaquin Segura, couples globally renowned Mexican artists with a younger generation who push the boundaries of artistic practice through a bold and defiant approach to art making.

Issues of everyday violence, corruption, social inequity, institutional crisis, socioeconomic turmoil and national identity are addressed through diverse approximations that span the downright austere to the downright playful. Together these form the cynical views of a generation of creators who have managed to deal with the complexity of Mexico and its continually changing background, making the inherent conflict the very substance that informs their own highly intense and divergent practices.

Marking the tragic news that the independent art space Outpost has received an eviction order, the evening will be followed by an after-party with farewell drinks and music Dj’d by the unflinching Outpost pioneer Alexander Krone!

The last event at Outpost is this Saturday 20 July at 16h00 where you can see an artist talk with Joaquin Segura.

Outpost Facebook Event

On Sunday 28 July, Outpost will have a funeral wake at 14h00 where they will also be giving away all their stuff.

Joaquin Segura’s highly diverse oeuvre meditates on violence as an omnipresent motif in contemporary life. His recent productions are visibly concerned with the nature of power against today’s political apparatuses, constituting a practice deeply fascinated by the fissures and contradictions present in extreme ideologies. Through constant reference to specific historical events, Segura’s work analyses the crucial role these contradictions have played in a globalised sociopolitical crisis. Segura aims to reach an art of destabilization, a poetics of sabotage, through seemingly random acts of provocation relating to feelings of powerlessness, denial and deception, in the here and now.


Joaquin Segura is currently a resident artist at Impakt Foundation http://www.impakt.nl


Project supported by Fondo Nac ional para la Cultura y las Artes (Mexico)


Hosted by Joaquin Segura, Taf Hassam and Alexander Krone










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