(Español) Celebrando treinta años de fortalecer, estimular y difundir la creación artística en el noroeste de México, la bienal congrega obra de distintas disciplinas con tópicos y técnicas contemporáneos.
A Geographical Impulse
There is an interesting feature to note that is shared among a significant number of pieces participating in the 15th Northwest Visual Arts Biennial: an attention to geography. Beyond the notion of landscape, several of the artists are interested not only in the physical fundamentals but in the socioeconomic, cultural, and bio-geographic dynamics that unfold over a territory. The research areas are different: the desert, the countryside, the city. Many of the artworks offer views of these sceneries, but never in the way of a panorama; the scenes, analyses, and reflections, different meanings and critical perspectives.
To make an allusion, one could say that the analysis that many of the artworks carry out in relation to the landscape is microscopic: with a strong attention to detail, like the observant eye of a surgeon. In this way, the artworks offer a new perspective on the different spaces that they revisit. This can be appreciated, in the most literal way, in Rastrero [Crawler] (2014), a video by Carlos Iván Hernández. This piece offers an unusual point of view, which is that of an animal that moves by dragging itself on the ground. The landscape is seen in a new light that commands special attention, almost as if a discovery is being made, something that is observed for the first time. This can be clarified with the relationship established by Hernández’s video, in terms of culture vision, with the recordings that certain space exploration technologies perform.
(Lo vertical. En lo horizontal, tiempo i y ii [The vertical. In the horizon, part i and ii] (2015) by Aglae Cortés Zazueta conducts a formal investigation starting with the landscape, in an urbanized environment as well as a natural one. Her exploration focuses on the verticality and permanence of their symbolic meanings. Her images execute this inquiry with a well-known plastic solution that brings the photographs closer to the pictorial field –as seen clearly in the pieces corresponding to the first cycle of this series–.
Text by Daniel Garza Usabiaga
[Excerpt from “Un impulso geográfico” taken from the 15th Northwest Visual Arts Biennial catalogue. Mexico: Tijuana Cultural Center, Institute of Culture of Sinaloa, Cultural Institute of Baja California, Baja California Sur Institute of Culture, Institute of Culture of Sonora, 2015.]