Help Mexican Youths Fight Violence Through Art

 
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Students and Eco-Artist Will Plant Seed of Change

Clinic in San Agustin Calvario
Clinic in San Agustin Calvario
Local clinic near Popocateptl will be the new home of Yolanda Gutierrez's latest eco-art project in collaboration with young artists from San Agustin Calvario.

San Agustin, located in Cholula, Puebla, is a small community of 2,634 whose families are mainly supported by the growing of flowers and seeds.  With a very deep sense of tradition, San Agustin struggles with few or no opportunities for their young people.  Like many other towns in Mexico, it has a high emigration rate, teenage pregnancy and alcoholism common among its young students, and a poverty index that rises every year.

This year, in an effort to contribute to change, reduce violence and transform this community, Arquetopia chose to collaborate with international environmental artist Yolanda Gutierrez and a group of twenty young artists from The Frida Kahlo High School to create a public art piece.  The project, addressing emigration as a theme and using natural materials, will draw attention to the local clinic frequently visited by the people of San Agustin, asking them questions about the identity, sustainability and future of their own community.  In the process the group of young artists will learn about the environment, the power of art, and the potential each one of them has to actively participate and transform their community. 

Yolanda Gutiérrez's work is inspired by a combination of concepts of ancient philosophies such as the Nahuatl, Taoist, Buddhist and Judeo-Christian.  The use of natural elements is a constant in her artwork, reflecting her affinity with cosmologies that question our current relationship with the surrounding environment and the ethics behind the use of natural resources in a globalized world.  In this sense, she uses poetic images as a resource to raise questions, materialized in art pieces with the intention to approach the viewer with the possibility of a more balanced and close relationship between man-nature-spirituality.
Virgin Drops by Yolanda Gutierrez. 1994
Virgin Drops by Yolanda Gutierrez. 1994
Morning Glory by Yolanda Gutierrez, 2005.
Morning Glory by Yolanda Gutierrez, 2005.
Nos susurra el rio y silva la serpiente, 1999
Nos susurra el rio y silva la serpiente, 1999
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Francisco Guevara

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Puebla, PUE Mexico

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