His works respond to issues facing indigenous communities in Mexico, addressing human and land rights, including the violent targeting of these communities, and urgent environmental crises. These concerns have particular significance to the district of Milpa Alta, an agricultural region outside of Mexico City where Palma Rodríguez lives and runs Calpulli Tecalco, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of indigenous culture.
Central to the artist’s practice is an emphasis on indigenous ancestral knowledge, both as an integral part of contemporary life and a way of shaping the future. In his work, he brings together evolving traditions with present-day concerns through a mix of cultural references and materials, from robotic constructions and found objects (work boots and sewing machines) to organic materials (seeds, soil, and feathers). Through their constant and complex movements, Palma Rodríguez’s works transform seemingly static symbols into active agents.
Several artworks in the exhibition have been recently restored in collaboration with engineering students at Universidad Tecnológica de Valles Centrales de Oaxaca as part of his recent retrospective exhibition at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Guex Liu, Kuu ñunro, Totlahuan, organized by Oliver Martínez Kandt.