When we can't have Thanksgiving with our families, we take trips. This year, we drove with our friends Jo and Alberto to Veracruz.
Downtown Veracruz throbs: Life and noise everywhere all the time. It is much less reserved than the public Xalapa. It is almost always steamy.
We saw at least part of the exposición en El Centro Cultural Casa Principal that I posted about a while ago. It is an exhibit of paintings by contemporary women artists who examined works by women artists from the 12th to the 17th century. Unfortunately we missed the Xalapa artists' work, but below is a selection from the women who live in the city of Veracruz. You'll notice that the art is different from much American art. The women play with symbols much more directly than is common in the US. While the style is often figurative, the expression tends more towards surreal or abstract. The artists used a variety of media. And of course you realize that photos displayed in a blog don't do justice to color and clarity and scale and so on.
Below, a selection of the works. Each work had a thumbnail next to it of the historical work which inspired it. I didn't have time to take photos of them. I wish I had, though, because the artists never copied, but the connection between old and new is often visible though almost always surprising, sometimes whimsical and sometimes disturbing.
Por Mis Obras Me Conocerán (By My Works You Will Know Me)
El Corazón Atado (The Tied-on Heart)
El Retrovisor (The Side Mirror)
Ana Toledo González
Unfortunately, I don't have the title of this work. The artist is Gina Silva.
Claricia (based on the work of a twelfth century nun named Claricia)
Cabezas, Gato y Pescados (Heads, Cat and Fish)
María Elena Lobeira