OPEN CALLS

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: OAXACA, MEXICO

There are currently 5 organizations hosting artists

1. Una Mano Para Oaxaca

2. Sala de lectura Ra roonda nee ra riisidi binni

3. Foro Ecológico Juchiteco

4. Bibani. Reconstruyendo con Identidad

5. Pasa la Voz

We are looking for muralists, photographers, dancers, musicians, performers, clowns, graphic artists, storytellers, and curators willing to engage with local communities in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Artists from Colombia, Chile, and Indonesia are specially encouraged to apply.

Una Mano Para Oaxaca (UMPO)

Location

Asunción Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca

 

Active since September 2017

 

Website

www.facebook.com/manoparaoaxaca/

Instagram 

@unamanoparaoaxaca

"Art is an essential part of the soul of the Isthmus, only that in the drama, sometimes its importance is forgotten. From the first mural we made, we saw the emotional impact it had in the middle of the rubble, the blocks and the cement. Art gives a break, a breathe, which allows us to remember the beauty in life apart from the problems, and it gives hope. We are convinced in UMPO that without art there is no emotional reconstruction."

- Quitterie Ducret, Una Mano Para Oaxaca

About

Una Mano Para Oaxaca facilitates community development and social entrepreneurship projects, including crafts trade workshops, cultural workshops, healing workshops and murals representing local trades. 

Current Project

Currently working towards economic reactivation of traditional trades, local traditions, music, children’s creativity and healing.

Recruiting muralists, photographers, dancers, and musicians to continue with the mural project, and to facilitate healing workshops with children and women. Artists of all countries are welcomed.

Duration:

- 1 week for mural

- 1 weekend for workshop

- 5 weeks for series of workshops

Accommodations: 

Can accommodate four people at once.

Accommodation is 3000 pesos/month for 1 room which accommodates 2 people. 

Earliest start date:

January 2019

Sala de Lectura

Ra roonda nee ra riisidi binni

Location

Ixtepec, Oaxaca

Active since 2011

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/guiexhooba

"It is important that to contrast and nourish the local culture, and that it looks straight to other cultures and forms of artistic expression. There is a lot of disdain towards our own culture because we do not know the importance of building ourselves as individuals and as a part of a community. We need high quality art encounters."

- Guiexhooba de Gyves, Ra roonda nee ra riisidi

About

Ra roonda nee generates spaces for children and adults for pleasant and playful reading. Through different workshops, it fosters citizen participation and critical thinking about local culture.

Current Project

Currently working towards the organization of an art festival that takes place annually, which will include several kinds of workshops and art encounters to increase the local awareness about the importance of the emotional reconstruction and well-being of the community.

Recruiting artists (clowns, performers, graphic artists, storytellers, curators) to organize an art festival for children.Artist from Colombia and Chile are particularly invited to participate.

Duration:

- 2 months to organize and coordinate the festival

- 3-day workshops during the festival

Accommodations:

Can accommodate 2 people at once.

Earliest start date:

January 2019

Foro Ecológico 

Juchiteco

Location

Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca

 

Active since 1991

 

Website

www.facebook.com/foro.ecologicojuchiteco/

"To a large extent, we believe in art as a tool for the spiritual reconstruction of the Istmeños."

- Julio Bustillo, Foro Ecológico de Juchitán

About

Foro Ecológico Juchiteco organizes workshops, festivals and seminars to enhance the ecological awareness in the community.

Current Project

Currently working to recapture the polluted Perros River and the community integration through art.

Recruiting musicians, scenic artists and writers to join the team of the "Galácticos" in Juchitán. Artists from Indonesia are specially invited to participate, given their cultural similarities with the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Duration:

- from 1 to 3 months

Accommodations: 

The Foro Ecológico can host up to 3 artists in its headquarters. 

Earliest start date:

January 2019

 
 
 

Pasa la Voz

"To a large extent, we believe in art as a tool for the spiritual reconstruction of the Istmeños."

- Julio Bustillo, Foro Ecológico de Juchitán

About

Pasa la Voz promotes environmental education in contexts of post-disaster by producing useful information that facilitates bottom-up reconstruction processes. They are interested in recycling rubble, generating risk awareness among the communities in the Istmo, and building platforms to enhance public participation.

Current Project

During January 2019, Pasa la Voz will be curating an itinerant exhibition across the different towns in the Istmo.

Recruiting artists, designers, and muralists to create design workshops with children in each community.

Duration:

- from January 5 to January 25

- Long term exhibition in Juchitán

Accommodations: 

Potential partnership with Foro Ecológico, which would host the artists. 

Earliest start date:

January 2019

Location

Itinerant team across the Istmo

 

Active since 2017

 

Website

https://www.facebook.com/bicheechediidxa/

 

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If you have questions about any of the open calls, want to know more about socially engaged art or simply are interested in joining the Urban Affect Network, feel free to contact us at

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Art Along Fault Lines is a project designed for the MIT Seminar "Beyond Reconstruction".