Shaped in Mexico, Bargehouse, London

Shaped in Mexico, Bargehouse, London

Following its successful inauguration in 2014, Shaped in Mexico returns to the capital with a selection of over 150 works by 32 international artists. On view from 3 September, this unique, free exhibition will take place at the Bargehouse in London. Bringing together projects that have been created in or inspired by Mexico, the contemporary showcase encourages audiences to engage with the country’s rich cultural identity through a variety of mediums, from painting, drawing and sculpture to video, photography and performance.

Nominated for their inherent connection with a lively and vibrant nation, each participating artist is Mexican, either by heritage or by creative choice. Through the work of practitioners such as Alejandro Fournier, Mauricio Cervantes, Jacobo Alonso, and Alexandra Clark, the show celebrates key aesthetic motifs, from ancient ritualism to Mexican Neo-Conceptualism, whilst emphasising the country’s position within the global landscape. Informed by topics as diverse as popular culture, environmental concerns and social issues, projects selected for the exhibition approach an assortment of themes from the ancient past and identity to digital advances and the effects of globalisation.

Supported by The Margain-Junco Collection, Shaped in Mexico is an important contributor to promoting the visibility of Mexico on the international stage. Stretching across four floors of the Bargehouse and featuring large-scale installations, commissioned performances and a public programme of talks, music and events, the exhibition is a significant platform for both emerging and mid-career contemporary artists.

Generated through discursive means between collectors and collaborators, the project was developed in Mexico by the founders of DISTRITO 14 Art Project in Monterrey, alongside artists and curators including Lorena Junco, Silvia P. Morton, Daniela Fernández, Olga Margarita Dávila and Raul Cerrillo.

Shaped in Mexico, 3 – 12 September, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH.

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1. Mauricio Cervantes, Mayahuel and the 13 Levels of the Sky, Tlacolula, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2015, Photograph by Daniel Molina. Courtesy of the artist and Shaped in Mexico.