Zona Maco 2013
The Third Line at Zona Maco | 10 - 14 April, 2013 | Booth ZMS6 - The Third Line is pleased to be participating for the first time at Zona Maco México Arte Contemporáneo, exhibiting works by multi-disciplinary artist collective Slavs and Tatars at the Zona Maco Sur section.
Participating alongside leading regional and international galleries, The Third Line will be introducing its artists for the first time to the Latin American audience. Zona Maco Mexico Arte Contemporaneo, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has become one of the most important contemporary art fairs providing an in-depth look into the art of the region.
The Zona Maco Sur section, for which Slavs and Tatars has been selected, is curated by Juan Andrés Gaitánand brings together art practices that look into how the migration geography has been shaped by the historical events of the latter half of the twentieth century. In its presentation, the exhibit brings attention to the impact of history, and the various cultural and political movements in this time, on the development of historical consciousness today.
Slavs and Tatars will be presenting site-specific installations that have been exploring this curatorial pretext throughout their practice. One of the key works being displayed at Zona Maco is ReverseJoy, an installation that is modeled after a fountain in Mashhad (Iran), the third holiest Shi'a city. The work looks at the complex event of Muharram that over the course of thirteen centuries has taken on a near cosmic significance. A month from the Islamic calendar that mourns the martyrdom of religious heroes, and traditionally having sacred importance for the Shi’a sect, Muharram has manifested into something that is beyond regional rivalries, and possibly beyond the faith itself to impact notions of identity, mysticism, protest, and resistance in the world at large.
The artists will also be displaying Kitab Kebab, a sculpture of variable dimensions that has a selection of the artists’ books skewered with a sharp traditional kebab skewer pierce. The work provides a witty take on the literal consumption of text often understood exclusively through the analytical faculty. The mashed-up reading list proposes a lateral understanding of knowledge, a complement to the regime of the liberal arts traditions of Anglo-American societies vis-à-vis the German or Russian emphasis on math and sciences. In addition to this, the artists will be introducing Behind Reason, which comprises of a series of prints and mimeographs that overlooks the story of mysticism within modernity. This work was made to accompany Beyonsense, Slavs and Tatars’ solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2012.