While plans for the renovation for Arquetopia’s new home are in motion, we end the year with a very international exhibition and public art program.
Architects Without Borders Canada continues designing and planning, along with our staff, the renovation of our new building. The plan is to start restoring the art deco building in downtown Puebla in the beginning of 2013. International artist Raymundo Sesma has agreed to design the façade of Arquetopia’s new permanent home which will host the artist-in-residence program, art and music studios, and contemporary art gallery.
In the meantime, Arquetopia reaches the end of the year with an international exhibition and public art program, presenting work by Elizabeth Carter (Canada) and site-specific public pieces by Jorge De la Torre (USA) and Ameet Gill (India). I Am A Sinner, the exhibition by Carter at the Juan Tinoco Gallery in downtown Puebla presents new work addressing historical roots of violence and oppression by challenging stereotypes and raising questions about the negotiation and identity of Native Americans and Canadians in contemporary culture. Displacement, the site-specific public art event by Gill included homage to the mythical figure of La China Poblana, and Off The Wall, De la Torre's glow-in-the-dark car wall inspired by the Pan-American race, both addressing diaspora in the context of historical events in Puebla.
Next year looks very promising for Arquetopia with the exciting project of the new building and new programs that will continue to serve international artists and promote local development. We will keep you posted on the progress and thank you again for your generous support. We hope 2013 will also be a year full of satisfaction and success for you and your loved ones!
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