The artists that have been selected for this exhibition represent a diverse cross-section of Mexican contemporary art. Some artists are established and internationally known, while others are emerging; some are trained in the most prestigious Mexican schools, while others have taken residencies abroad. Mexico has become a “crossroad” of the Americas where diverse artists’ have been attracted to and provoked by the country’s unique culture, history, and dynamic energy.
¿Cómo te voy a olvidar? uses ceramics, video, performance, sculpture, drawing, photography, painting, tapestry and collage to illustrate the brilliant interplays between Mexico’s various artistic influences. While it is impossible to completely summarize the Mexican art scene’s history and dynamism in one group exhibition this exhibition looks to offer a perspective on the rich and vibrant community.
In celebration of her twenty-year career at the gallery, Emmanuel Perrotin invites Director Peggy Leboeuf to organize an exhibition of her choice. With this opportunity, she has chosen to pay homage to Mexico, whose fascinating art community Peggy experienced firsthand while visiting for a Sophie Calle exhibition at the Museo Tamayo in October 2014 where she subsequently fell in love. Peggy has brought on co-curator Anissa Touati to advise on the project, having worked and lived in Mexico.
For the past two years, the pair has traveled throughout Mexico to meet with each of the 16 artists exhibited. Through many studio visits, conversations, and planning sessions with curators, critics, writers, institutionals, museums, and art school directors, they began to discover an intimate understanding of contemporary art in Mexico. In this exhibition, Peggy and Anissa look to tell the story of their experience in this unique community and to show the diversity that exists among its members.
¿Cómo te voy a olvidar? is a declaration of love to Mexico.