ACCA heads to Mexico for this city-spanning exhibition celebrating leading contemporary artists
The populous Mexican capital comes under the microscope in the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art's exhibition exploring the work of the 12 of the city’s leading contemporary artists. Expect boldly personal works and art that speaks to a time and place known as much for its rich cultural output as its position as Latin America's strongest economy.
The exhibition is the work of Chris Sharp, an independent writer and curator based in Mexico City. He said: "A city, it could be argued, is the sum of its portrayals. The more it is depicted, the more it enters the symbolic and global imaginary, as both what a city is and what it can be. It has been claimed that if Paris was the capital of the 19th century, and New York the capital of the 20th, then Mexico City is the capital of the 21st."
The line-up of artists include people who live in the city, have lived in the city, or have made a big impact on frequent visits: Francis Alÿs, Andrew Birk, Ramiro Chaves, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Chelsea Culprit, Ektor Garcia, Yann Gerstberger, Jaki Irvine, Kate Newby, Isabel Nuño de Buen, Melanie Smith and Martin Soto Climent.