LLANO presents a collective project with recent work by Mexican artists: Lorena Ancona (Quintana Roo, 1981), María Sosa (Michoacán, 1985) and Tania Ximena (Hidalgo, 1985).
Rhythms and Shadows (2021) by Lorena Ancona is an installation that consists of a hanging sculpture made of connected pieces of wood, ceramics, and stucco representative of abstracted native figures. The installation will be part of a series of future pieces that articulates a fragmented narrative that draws upon visual allusions to water, the symbolism of jade as representation of luxury and paradise, and the sound of two colliding stones.
In the aztec fable el séptimo presagio funesto (seventh fatal omen) a strange crane-like bird was fished out of Lake Texcoco, site of the former Aztec city, Tenochtitlan. The fishermen who retrieved the bird took it to Moctezuma who then saw a vision in the Mastelejo or Mamalhuaztli constellation of bearded men riding antler-less deer into combat. The piece el séptimo presagio funesto, doble colonización (2019) by María Sosa is a sculpture of this bird made of corn husks and gold leaf with a video projected on its head of colonial archive images and related news photos from 2019. The piece highlights the passage of 500 years since the arrival of Spanish colonizers that have been woven into the nature of the images. A continued thread of racial subordination underpins the work with classist, macho methodologies of domination.The bird is a reference to this ancient fable in which Moctezuma foresaw the apocalypse of his world at the hands of colonizers. The artist is intentionally drawing a parallel to this cataclysmic moment in history to the time we find ourselves in now.
Finally, Tania Ximena presents My mind and the mountain are in a constant state of erosion (2021), a work that is part of her research carried out since 2015 at the highest point in Mexico (the Pico de Orizaba) and reaching the sea. She has done multiple trips filming and touring, taking geoform casts, interviewing, suffering from altitude sickness and enjoying the Jamapa River that pours from the melting of the glacier (of the same name), her painting is a depiction of the different mental and geographical strata she has encountered.