Noé Martínez, born in Morelia, Michoacán, in 1986, is an artist whose work centers on the legacies of indigenous peoples and colonial history, shedding light on contemporary issues in Mexico. His art, which encompasses various mediums, including editorial projects, drawings, videos, and installations, explores themes such as language, identity, 16th-century colonization, indigenous community struggles, and social expressions.
Through extensive ethnographic research, fieldwork, and a profound engagement with diverse sources, including his own family history, Martínez constructs thought-provoking bodies of work that offer critical perspectives on interpreting the past and shaping the present. His artistic practice challenges official narratives, emphasizing the political potency of memory. Martínez studied Fine Arts at the National School of Painting, Sculpture, and Engraving "La Esmeralda" in Mexico City and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, earning recognition through grants and scholarships, including the BBVA Bancomer and Young Creators awards. His artwork, including "Trizadero," is part of the "Time in Things II: Contemporary Art Rooms" exhibition since September 2022.
In his latest exhibition "The body is bigger than history" at the Museo Universitario del Chopo, he delves into his own origins while aiming to establish a connection with those, like himself, who are far from their places of origin, yet he goes beyond merely observing immigration; he sees it as an opportunity to view those who migrate as individuals stripped of territory but not identity. Simultaneously, he explores themes such as forced migration and human trafficking.
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