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Galerie LJ Presents: “Hijos Del Lago Perdido” Group Exhibition (Paris, France)

Posted on June 1, 2017

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Date(s) - 06/01/2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Galerie LJ Presents: "Hijos Del Lago Perdido" Group Exhibition (Paris, France)

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Read from the press release below:
curated by Matt Wagner (Hellion Gallery, Portland)
JUNE 1st – JULY 29th 2017With :
CURIOT / SANER / SMITHE / SEHER ONE / VIOLETA HERNANDEZ / JESUS BENITEZ / RAUL URIAS / MARIA CONEJO / HILDA PALAFOX / PAOLA DELFIN / MAZATL / PILAR CARDENAS«Hijos del lago perdido» is a group show dedicated to emerging figurative artists from Mexico City, curated by  Matt Wagner, founder of Hellion Gallery in Portland. Matt is the author of “The Tall Trees of (…)”, a series of city guides by local artists who specialize in illustration and street art. It already comprises Tokyo, Portland and Paris, and the next volume will be dedicated to Mexico City. Thru the researches he held in Mexico for his book, Matt met the 12 artists selected in the show, most of them aged around 30 years old.

Mexico City was built on the ancient lake Texcoco : the Aztecs built the city of Tenochtitlan on an island in the middle of the lake in the 1300’s. After the Spanish conquered the Aztec empire in the 1500’s, the lake was filled in to control flooding.  The lost lake of Texcoco therefore gave birth to the city and its culture. When Matt arrived in Mexico City to start working on his next book earlier year, he had an established recipe for finding artists, making books and curating art exhibitions, but he did not know if it would work in Mexico like it had in Tokyo, Portland and Paris.  Very quickly any doubt was put to rest as he started meeting artists and they were in turn introducing him to other artists.

From encounters to discoveries, “Hijos Del Lago Perdido” offers a selection of artists that will appear in the new volume “Tall Trees of Mexico City” (Overcup Press). These children of the – now – lost lake of Texcoco represent all the more a new generation of Mexican artists than most of them know each other and have been collaborating together thru exhibitions or street art for years, in Mexico City and also abroad. They are the spokepersons of a vivid scene, bright with colors, that revisit its heritage with a twist of pop culture, inevitably Americanized. 

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