Uprising, after Ximeno y Planes
painting performance of the reconstruction and destruction of a mural lost in the XIX century after an earthquake that almost destroys the building where it once existed, one of the oldest temples in Mexico city, Santa Teresa la Antigua built in 1616 over Templo Mayor pyramid, now a Contemporary Art Museum, Museo ExTeresa. As there is no visual record of the original mural the returning of the image was based on the only existing sketch (Sublevación de los Indios del Pueblo del Cardonal, Rafael Ximeno y Planes, Museo Nacional de Arte MUNAL, Cd. de México). The reconstruction process lasted 4 months and was open to the public to see it's progress, the work was located below it's orginal place where it existed many centuries ago, and painted by two invited artists (Manuela Romo & Eric Valencia) and the artist using the closest to the original palette and technique but reproducing the distortion of the bidimensional documentation.
The painting depicts the rebellion and killing of an indigenous community in Ixmiquilpan, a historic event mostly forgoten by it's current inhabitants and by visual and wirtten history. After the completion of the image the mural was destroyed in site, and the remainings that resisted to disappear were collected and preserved.
Exhibition view, Museo ExTeresa Arte Actual, december 2017 to may 2018.
Painting reconstruction in collaboration with invited artists Manuela Romo and Eric Valencia.
With the support and collaboration of Nathaniel Cano, restorer and art historian
With the support and collaboration of the National Laboratory of Science for the Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, LANCIC, UNAM coordinated by José Luis Ruvalcaba.
Developed with the support of Museo ExTeresa Arte Actual.