Gideon Appah (Ghana), José Bedia (Cuba/USA), Donna Conlon & Jonathan Harker (Panama), Miguel Covarrubias (Mexico), Diamela Eltit (Chile), Julio Galán (Mexico), José Limón (Mexico/USA), (Liliana Maresca (Argentina), Diego Matthai (Mexico), John Pule (Niue/New Zealand), José Alejandro Restrepo (Colombia), Chucho Reyes (Mexico), Rosa Rolanda (USA/Mexico), and Ming Wong (Singapore/Germany).
Estancia FEMSA-Casa Luis Barragán presents Fraccionar, an exhibition curated by Inti Guerrero. The show brings together artworks by living and historical artists as well as design furniture, and archival material; these which have been placed at certain locations of the house, as a way to connect with the original use of a room, or to highlight the presence of an object, furniture or artwork placed by Barragán himself. Fraccionar intends to enable moments during which the aggressive and hostile (real) world outside the walls of the house finds ways to permeate its interiors, thus perverting the spiritual serenity that often characterizes concepts around ‘refuge’ in Barragán’s architecture –isolated interiors that protect the individual’s psyche from the angst of modern life.
From a wealth of angles and contexts, the artworks presented in Fraccionar take on a variety of contentious issues related to history and contemporary societies. These subjects range from narratives of colonialism in given latitudes to queer subjectivities in conservative societies; class tensions inherent to social dynamics, and the informal architecture found in many Latin American cities. Infiltrating these disquieting issues within Casa Luis Barragán’s controlled, visually sublime and mythic environment, the show invites reflections—as political as they are poetic and emotional—on the architect’s legacy. Through a prism of subjectivities, Fraccionar highlights the fragility and chaos inherent to human existence as well as our negotiations with Barragán’s timeless spaces’ beauty and serenity.
Fraccionar features two works from the FEMSA Collection, and is accompanied by a bilingual publication which includes a 1985 essay by Juan Acha (1916-1995) on Barragán, and promotional ads of El Pedregal known as Fraccionamiento Jardines del Pedregal de San Angel; the gated neighborhood traced by Barragán, referenced in the exhibition’s title
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Inti Guerrero, is the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, London. He is based in Hong Kong and Manila where he is currently working as the Artistic Director of the non-profit art foundation Bellas Artes Projects.