The first Thai-Mexican Printmaking Exchange Program was conceived as an opportunity to create a space where two realities of printmaking could find a shared ground: on the one hand, Mexico has a long-lasting tradition of printmaking under many traditional and contemporary techniques, nevertheless, it has evolved in multiple currents and new expressions in recent years. On the other hand, and although still considered a recent artistic expression, printmaking in Thailand is finding its way in the mainstream visual arts ecosystem, and similar to other places in the world, a diversity of fresh proposals coming either from new expressions of senior artists or from young exponents is rapidly filling the space at exhibition spaces.
On its first edition, the binational Printmaking Exchange Program is meant to facilitate such encounter under very basic principles: artists were not limited in the use of techniques or topics, no age limits and no professional curricula were required. After a public contest released on April 2019, to which at least 147 artists from both countries sent 268 proposals, a professional curator team, under the lead of Piyatat Hemmatat (Thai artist, founder of PhotoBangkok) and Francisco Limon (Mexican artist and gallerist, founder of La Maquina Workshop) selected the 30 Mexican and 30 Thai artworks respectively.
The result is an authentic, organic showcase of 60 printmaking artworks that interact in a spontaneous way and offer a window to a very cross-cutting, diverse and meaningful dialogue between Mexican and Thai artists that the audience can enjoy as if being in a room listening to different simultaneous messages.
The Embassy of Mexico to the Kingdom of Thailand proudly joins this project to support its visibility, with the collaboration of La Maquina Graphic Workshop and Gallery (https://www.facebook.com/lamaquinataller/
), a side-exhibition of their collection inclusive of 25 additional prints will accompany this exhibition, with the participation of solid artists such as: Demian Flores, Greta Pruneda, Karina Garcia and Guillermo Olguin, among others.
The first “Mexican-Thai Printmaking Exchange” exhibition will briefly take place at the Bangkok Arts and Culture Center (BACC) from 15 to 20 October, with an opening talk by the curators on 15 October at 6:00 p.m. To follow-up on the tour of this project in Thailand and in Mexico, please refer to the project’s webpage: Mexican and Thai Printmaking Exchange Program 2019
For more information, please contact
Ms. Cynthia Moreno, Head of Cultural Section of the Embassy
Mobile: 02-285-0995 ext. 3
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