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Diego MORENO

In my mind there is never silence

Mexico

 

This series originated with “Los Panzudos Mercedarios”, the guardians of the neighbourhood of La Merced in San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, México.
The "Panzudos” represent the sins: the more sins a person has to expiate, the bigger and uglier his attire will be, the better his sins would be cured. These figures herald the feast day of Our Lady of La Merced and accompany her, purifying themselves in the procession. The announcement is made as the figure of the Virgin Mary passes by, carried on the shoulders of her bearers, with a retinue of Aztecs, Catholics, and Moors mounted on horseback, dressed as Arabs, with painted-faces representing the Muslims who invaded and occupied Spain between 702 and 1492.
Integrating this ancestral imaginary with the exploration of familiar universe, I try to investigate the links, the monstrosity, disease and death. I explore the codes of representation of domestic space combining them with pre-Hispanic traditions and the apocalyptic visions of the Catholic religion. This work gives new meaning to the intricate tangle of the concealed and the visible, the individual and the collective subconscious, on the highly complex map of coexisting cultures and beliefs in contemporary Mexico.

Diego MORENO
Diego MORENO
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