Who We Are:
Los Miembras: Tracey Bullington, Sebastian De Gre, Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz, Mario Lopez Pisani, Branden Paillant, Anthony Privitera, and Bryan Rodriguez
Los Miembras is a collective of seven artists from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. We study many aspects of fine art: poetry, painting, performance, video and more. We are traveling to Mexico City for two weeks this summer to pursue individual and collaborative projects in these media and to meet and engage with artists who inspire us.
What we’ll be up to: Our Two weeks in Mexico will be comprised of three components.
1. The Artists: We will meet with five contemporary artists based in Mexico City working with ideas and themes relevant to our practice. We have gotten in touch with them through SOMA, an artist residency in Mexico D.F. The meetings include studio visits with Minerva Cuevas and Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, individual critiques of our work with Yoshua Okón, an interactive workshop with Eduardo Abaroa, and a conversation with the chief curator of Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, Magali Arriola on Colección Jumex. Colección Jumex is located in a Jumex juice factory outside of D.F. housing the largest private contemporary art collection in Latin America.
Gabriel Acevedo Velarde
We will visit the artists’ studios, hear about their work, and share our own projects through informal critiques. Meeting with artists throughout our time in Mexico will be an integral aspect of our trip; we hope to gather an understanding of D.F through their lens, experiencing their own processes and investigations in and in relation to the city.
2. The Projects: We will also work on individual and collaborative creative projects before, during, and after our trip. The artists in our collective work in widely different mediums and styles, but there are many overlapping themes including cultural identity, language, and site specificity. Our trip will be an opportunity to execute new projects and carry out research to inform future work. Upon our return, we plan to organize an exhibition to showcase our work and compile a book to document our projects and experiences.
3. The City: Mexico D.F. is a city with a vibrant contemporary art scene and a rich history. It is important to us that we deeply explore these aspects of our destination. We plan to visit art spaces, museums, and studios as well as places of historical and cultural significance. Each of us has different motives for traveling to this city, but we all still plan to explore cultural and historical sites.
How we will use the money:
This Kickstarter campaign will help to offset the cost of several crucial aspects of our trip. We will need a total of $1120 to compensate the five artists for their time working with us individually ($160 for each member of our group). $500 will fund twenty 50 page books that we will construct/compile after returning from Mexico. The book will document our experiences with the artists we meet and the work we make in response to them and our time in Mexico City. We will use the remaining $380 toward materials that we’ll need for collaborative projects that we will execute during our trip.
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