Join Museo Tamayo’s Director, Magalí Arriola, for a conversation with artists Paloma Contreras Lomas, Miguel Calderón, Romeo Gómez López , included in OTRXS MUNDXS, and Humberto Moro, curator of the exhibition currently installed at Museo Tamayo. Departing from this survey exhibition presented in the middle of a global pandemic, the conversation will revolve around individual and collective creation and the everchanging tensions between the local and the global, with special emphasis of the Mexican art community of the past decades.
Magalí Arriola is Director of Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. She was KADIST Lead Curator for Latin America from 2016 to 2019 and curated the Mexican Pavilion for the 58 Venice Biennial (Pablo Vargas Lugo, Acts of God, 2019). She was Chief Curator at Museo Jumex between 2011 and 2014 where she organized exhibitions of artists such as James Lee Byars, Guy de Cointet and Danh Vo. She was Chief Curator of Museo Tamayo between 2009 and 2011 with artists such as Roman Ondák, Joachim Koester, Claire Fontaine and Adrià Julia. She was visiting curator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco in 2006. Arriola has extensively written for books and catalogues and has contributed to publications such as Art Forum, Curare, Frieze, Mousse, Manifesta Journal and The Exhibitionist, among others.
Miguel Calderón (b. 1971) multi-disciplinary work focuses on exploring power relations, in interpersonal (often family) relationships as well as between different groups in society. He draws satirical portraits—always with a respectful regard for marginalized figures—depicting Mexico’s class society, defined by rigid hierarchies. His work is often unified by an ever-present sense of theatricality, questioning the fine line between reality and fiction. Frequently cast from the perspective of an outsider, he highlights the macabre complexity of man’s position in the universe deftly weaving together mockery, social critique and straightforward emotions. He creates works from a mashup of vernacular references, employing a variety of media, including video, photography, sculpture and painting.
Paloma Contreras Lomas
Paloma Contreras Lomas (Mexico City, 1991) begins her artistic training in Visual Arts at the “National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving, La Esmeralda” (2011-2015). She joins the multidisciplinary collective Biquini Wax EPS in 2016, and enters that same year the SOMA educational program (2016-2018). Contreras Lomas’ work extends to different media such as video, writing, drawing and performance, as well as collective production in parallel to her personal research. Her production addresses various issues, such as the treatment of politics in contemporary art, landscape as clothing and Horror as one of the main traits of the Mexican conservative middle class. Her work has notably been shown at Palais de Tokyo (France); FRAC Centre Orléans (France); Museo Tamayo (Mexico), and Museum of Modern Art (Mexico). She has been awarded several scholarships such as Young Creators, FONCA (2018-2019) and Next Generation Grantee, Prince Claus Fund (received as Biquini Wax EPS, 2019-2010) and received the Cisneros Fontanals CIFO award in the Emerging Artist category (in 2020).
Romeo Gómez López
Romeo Gómez López (Mexico City, 1991) work addresses many subjects’ such as religion, celebrities, telenovelas, science fiction and other pop culture references part of the collective imaginary. Close to the queer community, he creates a pastiche that criticizes the art world’s conservative nature.
Romeo presents nightmarish alternative worlds, contained in dioramas, puppet sex shows and toys, that represent a resistance to the expectation of compulsory heterosexuality and an insight to his own personal experiences. His work thrives on humor and a pornographic imagination.
He is co-founder of Salón Silicón, a gallery that focuses on giving more visibility to the work of women artists and members of the LGBTI+ community.
Humberto Moro (b. Guadalajara, 1982) is Deputy Director and Senior Curator at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City; Curator at EXPO Chicago; and Adjunct Curator at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, where he has organized solo exhibitions by artists such as Oliver Laric, Liliana Porter, Pia Camil, Tom Burr, Yang Fudong, Mark Wallinger, Isaac Julien and Anna Maria Maiolino. Moro has previously held positions at the Park Avenue Armory in New York and Museo Jumex and Zona MACO in Mexico City. He was the recipient of the 2016 Estancias Tabacalera Research Award, Madrid, Spain, and was part of the 7th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, in Gwangju, South Korea. Moro holds a BFA in Painting from the Universidad de Guanajuato, Guanajuato; and a MA in Curatorial Studies by the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS), Bard College, New York.
Humberto Moro Credit Ernesto Solana
Since its inauguration in 1981, the Tamayo Museum has presented the most significant modern and contemporary art in Mexico and abroad. With a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions, as well as a continuous commitment to activate and expand its collection, the museum offers a space for critical thinking where, through art, we can imagine new ways to respond to society’s challenges. The museum was designed by Teodoro González de León and Abraham Zabludovsky who drew their inspiration from pre-Hispanic architecture.