Contiguous SpacesJuly 22, 2014
MEXICO CITY — In Mexico City, there are a surprising number of institutions dedicated to contemporary art. There are several national museums with more or less international programming and reviews, as well as a network of museums and art spaces related to the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico which, to varying extent and purpose, produce, exhibit and disseminate diverse works and discourses under the umbrella notion of contemporary art. Additionally, the recent creation of the Museo Jumex cements the importance of the eponymous Foundation/Collection within the landscape of Mexican contemporary art. A large quantity of commercial galleries—some with remarkable programming—and two art fairs: the established Zona MACO and the more recently organized Material Art Fair, must likewise be mentioned. However, the existence of this enormous infrastructure, which also has extensive programs for assisting artists and professionals (both young and well-known), doesn’t eliminate the need to extend and exceed institutional limits of generating and experimenting with work processes whether to invent or to transform them. The presence of independent initiatives, spearheaded by artists and curators, is evidence that in the ecology of art the “small fish” do not necessarily compete with or confront “big fish;” in fact, they are a vital and indispensable part of the panorama, with plenty of energy, critical spirit and formal elasticity.
La Galería del Comercio was founded in 2010 by a group of artists, and its members have changed in the past years.
Their events occur sporadically on a corner of the Escandón neighborhood (at the meeting of Martí and Comercio streets).
Cráter Invertido is a cooperative of several artists who work collectively in the production of fanzines and other editorial output, blurring individual authorship in favor of collaborative work.
With a fixed space (which recently moved to the San Rafael neighborhood), Cráter Invertido has gathered an open and reproducible archive, organizes public events (concerts, talks and other presentations), seminars and some exhibitions of independent publications. The experiences at Cráter Invertido and other initiatives generate an important reflection on financing and sustainability.
To date, de_sitio hasn’t organized any exhibitions, but it has developed projects in different locations such as the Casa Luis Barragán and the Torre Latinoamericana.
Some residencies with foreign artists have resulted in printed projects and various presentations, as well as in the production of works that will find long lives outside of Mexico City. Currently, de_sitio is preparing an editorial endeavor that will allow us to delve into this field.