Back in the Estados Unidos

Con un corazón lleno this is a mini update on Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency in Puebla, Mx. The primary focus of the printmaking residency in Mexico was to study colonization through the lenses of race, class, and gender. Puebla was center of what was called New Spain and feels like a time capsule of wealth expressed in fancy ceramic tiles. While researching the Spanish invasion, this path led me to the Mexican Revolution and how artists use the tradition of social-political printmaking as a tool for social change.

The secondary and personal mission was to immerse Mexican culture. I had only been once before for a week with a fellow artist friend. We hit up all the museums and ate all the foods:) 

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The residency introduced me to Fernando (@amorfo888) of many printmaking talents and through him met an autonomous printmaker collective in Puebla making amazing work and challenging dominant narratives in their community.

There was just so much art and life that I am still processing it all.

-af