Twice a year we commission artists to create artworks based on a theme that represents the values of our brand. Our inaugural theme (Artist Series Commission #1) to launch the series is: The promotion, preservation and celebration of Mexican traditions of art and culture in pursuit of a BETTER WORLD.
The photograph depicts Roberto and his nieve (water
ice-icecream ) stand both in neon colours. Roberto Ramos is a man from Oaxaca,
who has been selling nieves for forty years. His father used to be a nieves
seller in their hometown town a long time ago, and that is how Roberto learnt
and decided to continue the tradition of the nieves. He prepares them in his
mother’s house which is located in La Noria barrio of Oaxaca. Roberto was the
first person to introduce coloured cones to make it fun for his clients and to
call the attention of the kids in the neighbourhood. His favourite colour is
green, which he even sports on his sneakers.
Luvia Lazo is a Zapotec photographer and art lover
from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca. Photography is her way of portraying the
worlds to which she belongs. Her work aims to capture reality from the
perspective of the contemporary Zapotec woman, creating a constellation of
images through time and spaces in Oaxaca, documenting the generational gaps and
the transformation of identities across ages. She is a recipient of the Jóvenes
Creadores grant of the FONCA 2020 (National Fund for the Culture of the Arts,
Mexico) and the inaugural recipient of the Indigenous photo grant 2021.
“I am another yourself”
The movement of hands coexisting together, sharing,
splitting and participating with food, and wrapping tortillas is a gracious and
joyful act for Mexican culture. As a Mayan wisdom statement on oneness, we are
pieces of each other, and cultural separateness links us because this act of
hand-meets-food is a universal language.
Ananas Ananas is an artist duo working with food as
a medium. Verónica González and Elena Petrossian focus their work on creating
edible installations and dining experiences that encourage their audience to
interact with food in a multi-sensory and experimental way. Their artwork is
intentionally temporary, meant to be enjoyed mindfully and to facilitate
intimately present moments.
I wrote this poem knowing I wanted to incorporate
the refrain of "ARRIBA, ABAJO, AL CENTRO, PA' DENTRO." I wanted to
see if I could transform this popular refrain through the alchemy of poetry.
The images I chose to incorporate into the poem are images typical of Mexican
culture: maiz, rosary beads, agave, chanclas and images indicative of the
Mexican American hustle I grew up in: hustling multiple jobs and throwing
parties for the whole block. My hope is that when you arrive at the last line,
it feels a little holy and fully triumphant.
José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His
debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein
Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was
named a top book of 2018 by The Adroit Journal, NPR, and the New York Public
Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he co-edited the poetry
anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. His next book of poems,
Promises Of Gold, will be published in 2023 by Henry Holt & Company.
We were inspired by the
mezcal art and its tradition in Mexico.
The hands with the agave
and the water ripples represent the master mezcaleros who dedicate themselves
to this work, which we celebrate with great respect. The lower part of the
piece has to do with the ground, fertility and its work. We also have the sun,
which is not only a representative symbol of our country but also the one who
allows the sowing and growth of life.
"We are a studio that
was born out of love for our artisanal heritage. We are dedicated to the
preservation of traditions, the promotion of artisanal processes, Mexican
trades and collaborative projects. We employ socially responsible practices,
environmental care schemes and fair trade methods. Our aim is to provide job
opportunities, promote creative education, and boost inclusion and community
work. We seek to honor the roots, tools and knowledge we have inherited from
our Mexican ancestors and explore them through contemporary art and design
practices. Our inspiration comes from our history, our people, our pueblos, and
the indigenous worldviews of our magical Mexico."
One of my favorite things about Mexican culture is the
artisanal crafts and their respective characteristics including their bright colors,
imagination, and handicraft. Taking that into account,
I designed a mask that takes me back to the dance
of Tlahualiles from Sahuayo Michoacán.
In 2008, in the city of Morelia Michoacán, the
creative project of Curiot Tlapazotl was born. The project explores intuitive
expression across different mediums. A graduate from the Universidad Michoacana
de San Nicolás de Hidalgo Morelia, the artist has exhibited his work in
solo-shows in Germany, the United States and Mexico, and as part of a group
shows in France, England, Taiwan, India, Australia. Recognition for his work
has allowed him to paint large-format murals in various cities in the world such as Europe, Asia,
Latin America, Mexico, and the United States.
My work is a drawing made from a scratch-board
technique, which has been my specialty for several years. In the piece you can
see an allegory of the Mexican spirit of aguardiente and mezcal and a
pre-Hispanic Mexican together in a field full of agaves which will one day grow
and become strong, eventually giving life to that mystical and mysterious
Sánchez is a graduate of the Escuela Nacional de Pintura y Grabado «La
Esmeralda» with a degree in “Artes Plásticas”. He recently created the moniker “Grabador 1976” to
represent himself on his social channels online. The artist became the first of
his generation (1996-2001) to present an engraving for an academic exhibition.