The art world is a diverse and vibrant space, but it's not without its challenges and complexities. Addressing these challenges requires more than just individual efforts – it demands a collective approach that brings together artists, cultural managers, academics, and other stakeholders. This is where "Nodos," a program organized by the Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo (PAC), comes into play. Nodos aims to foster dialogue, exploration, and collaboration within the Mexican artistic ecosystem, and its upcoming edition, "Nodos: Bajío 2 | Perdidxs y curtidxs," promises to delve deep into the intricacies of art, identity, and community.
Nodos is a platform for meaningful dialogue and exploration that allows members of various artistic ecosystems across Mexico to come together and engage with the challenges that shape their work and lives. Through workshops, experimental pedagogical activities, and open discussions,they create a space where participants can share their experiences, insights, and concerns.
One of the unique aspects of Nodos is its localized approach. The program doesn't adopt a one-size-fits-all model; instead, each edition is tailored to the specific context of the hosting city. A local committee, comprising artists, cultural managers, academics, and other relevant figures, plays a pivotal role in shaping the topics, guest speakers, and formats for the event. This localized empowerment ensures that Nodos remains relevant and resonant with the challenges faced by artists and creators in different regions.
The upcoming edition of Nodos, titled "Nodos: Bajío 2 | Perdidxs y curtidxs," is set to take place in León, Guanajuato from September 28 to 30, 2023. Building on the discussions initiated in the previous year's edition in San Luis Potosí, this edition aims to provide a platform for the regional artistic community to delve into the multifaceted ways in which violence impacts their lives and creative expressions.
The theme "Perdidxs y curtidxs" encapsulates the essence of the program, inspired by the transgender influencers “Las Perdidas” this edition emphasizes the value of getting lost – not just physically, but also in the realm of identity and experience. By embracing the idea of being lost, participants open themselves up to self-discovery, self-awareness, and the forging of stronger bonds within their communities. It's about recognizing shared struggles, confronting common challenges, and nurturing a sense of affectionate togetherness.
Nodos had its origins in 2016 as a supporting program for the International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory (SITAC) during its XIII edition. Over the years, Nodos has evolved and expanded its reach. The program has ventured into cities like Guadalajara, Puebla, Monterrey, Mérida, and Tijuana, providing a space for artistic engagement and collaboration. In 2022, Nodos transitioned to an interregional approach, allowing it to encompass a broader geographical scope but the success of Nodos Bajío (2022, San Luis Potosí) and Nodos Xalapa (2023) solidified the program's position as an independent and influential force within Mexico's artistic landscape.
Nodos: Bajío 2 | Perdidxs y curtidxs is more than an art program – it's a journey of exploration, self-discovery, and communal bonding. By bringing together artists, thinkers, and stakeholders from different corners of Mexico, Nodos continues to facilitate meaningful conversations and collaborative initiatives that shape the trajectory of contemporary art.
When: From September 28 to 30, 2023
Where: León, Guanajuato
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