the summer school
The program entitled Future Archeology was the 2016 edition of the summer school annually organized by the graphic design department of ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, The Netherlands. The program is organized for young creatives; students, graduatespiece_7    or others. The 2016 edition took place in Centro Histórico, Mexico City. The program lasted two weeks with workshops, excursions, visits and an exposition at the end of the program. Every participant worked on his or her own project. To warm us up we were given workshops by a.o. Hendrik-Jan Grievink, Femke Herregraven, Diego Flores Magon and Juan Arturo García. We explored different areas of the piece_1   city, visited the national anthropology museum and closed the first week        with a visit to the ancient mesoamerican city of Teotihuacán.

Through The Cracks of Global Trade
This project is the result of my participation in the 2016 Summer Sessions; Future Archeology. Through the Cracks of Global Trade is a piece_6    research project that started from an artistic point of view. Wandering through the streets of Centro Historico revealed a significant discovery to me, despite the incredible amount of products that are sold here, a lot of street venders seem to sell the same stuff. All products are of a low quality and there is hardly local handcraft to find here. Most of the products are being imported from China or other East-Asian countries. The amount of plastics is incredible, even metal tools piece_4        are imitated with plastic and sold as real ones. That’s only part of the         observation. When you look at the street venders’ shops and stands there is a uniform iron rods construction grid recognizable. These standardized pieces later caught my attention walking by a shop that did not only use these, but sold them. Step by step I discovered a structure in where all people in this area had a share in sustaining a social system.

After formulating questions I started talking to the people in the street, with help piece_5     of amongst others Diego Flores Magón, who provided me with additional information and ears and eyes for reflection. He also introduced me to Genesis Rojas who used to grow up in this neighborhood and now works as an anthropologist. Understanding the complexity of the social and economical structures of the neighborhood brought me to a mural drawing wherein I organized the collected information. During the exhibition piece_8    at the end of the program I presented the information to the public as a performance, meaning that I granted my presence to have conversations and absorbed more stories and comments from the visitors. The exhibition of the work was therefore meant to be a start rather than a definite end result. The mural was removed after being presented for almost six months in Casa de El Hijo Del Ahuizote.               piece_3

visit the project's website here