Abraham GómezAne GraffAnna Rún TryggvadóttirGabriel Mestre ArriojaHéctor VargasHesselholdt & MejlvangMarja HelanderNikolina StällbornPablo CastilloPepe Mogt and Raymundo Barnett

Museo de Geología de la UNAM

Jaime Torres Bodet 176, Sta María la Ribera
06400 Ciudad de México, Mexico City

February 5 – April 7, 2019


The exhibition Earth – Body takes its title from the work of artist Ana Mendieta elaborated in the end of the 1970’s during visits to Mexico. It is specifically designed for the Geological Museum of Mexico City, with the opening commencing the Mexico City Art Week 2019. 

This unique venue located in a once luxurious Porfirian style neighbourhood is the honorary headquarters of all geological societies in Mexico and houses collections of minerals, fossils and meteorites. It belongs to the National Autonomous University (UNAM), which is the oldest in the Americas, founded centuries ago, with parts of the collections dating back to that time. The museum opened to the public in 1906, four years before the Mexican Revolution and it is remarkable that it never closed its doors during the following decade of conflicts. The site is in other words both congested and important for historical and scientific reasons besides the unique architectural qualities that create a particular atmosphere to experience and produce contemporary art.

12 artists have been invited to present site-specific works that engage with the collections and a unique 19th century interior that represents the ideals and dreams of the time, both in science and in politics. Bringing contemporary art into this museum is a means to reflect on earlier statements of modernity, ideas of failed progress and development, while also introducing a number of contemporary art practices from outside the urban and suburban mainstream. The exhibition addresses questions of feminism, nature, immigration and decolonization through different notions of body and earth, while also attempting to introduce indigenous knowledge in order to reclaim and recover the space beyond stigmatisation.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a program of live performances, talks and screenings, including talks by Jacek Sosnowski on necropolitics and extractivism, Karen Cordero, PhD, about notions of feminism and ecology, a talk about the trail of cinematography within the Seri territory from 19th century until today by Filmmaker Antonio Coello, Seri rapper Zara Monroy, anda talk by Tsotsil artist and scholar Margarita Martínez Pérez, PhD, from San Juan Chamula, Chiapas.

Curated by Jonatan Habib Engqvist & Gabriel Mestre Arrioja
Guest curator: Jacek Sosnowski

The project is supported by Fomento Cultural Ponce-Kurczyn, Instituto de Geología, UNAM, Museo de Geología, The Danish Arts Foundation, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, The Icelandic Art Center, The Nordic Culture Fund, The Nordic Art Association, Office for Contemproray Art Norway OCA, Propaganda, The Swedish Arts Grants Comittee’s International Exchange Programme for Visual Artists Iaspis, and the Danish, Finnish, Norweigan and Swedish embassies in Mexico. Installations are buld with the aid of designers Carla Santillián and David Medina.