The Reading Club – The Final Day

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Painting: “The Reading Club – The Final Day”, 2017 (50x60cm, acrylic on canvas). From left to right photographer and writer Simone Di Santo, María Elena Vargas Magaña, photographer Ismael Moyaho, Gabriel García Rosas and science fiction writer Sarahel Pérez Carreón.

 

NOTE: the painting was inspired in a photograph taken the final day we gathered for The Reading Club when the photographers Simone Di Santo and Ismael Moyaho were invited to join us (Gabriel, Sarahel and me).

 

 The Reading Club 

Actually, I don’t remember whose idea it was, but the moment I was asked to be part of a The Reading Club I immediately said yes, it was a chance to read different texts and at the same time have a great conversation with friends from work in that time. The dynamics were simple, every person selected a text and we reviewed it once a week. We gathered in many places, from Sarahel’s and Gabriel’s homes to the staff house where I lived and a small room in the Crowne Plaza Hotel where Filippo also lived for a while.

We started reading the “Ciberiada” by Stanislaw Lem (Gabriel’s recommendation), then we knew for the first time the beautiful poetry of the famous Tabasco’s poet José Carlos Becerra (Lavin´s recommendation). We also read the first story written by Sarahel Pérez Carreón, who would have known that he was going to write such a great science fiction story this year 2017? (I really hope he continues writing such kind of stories!)

I think this goup was very special because all its members are talented in different ways and we learned from each other.

It was also the time when I created the project Expect the Unmexpectedwhich lead to the creation of this ArtBlog, a very creative period. I recall one night, after having The Reading Club reunión, when I had the idea of painting the artist Marc Chagall and thus, I created one of my favorite paintings which was later exhibited in Germany.

As I mentioned, there is a lot of talent in The Reading Club, and a prove of that is the science fiction story that Sarahel wrote.

The title is Affectuum Hominen and the main character is Declain, a fifty-six-year-old man who is a “member of the second generation of Mars inhabitants and of the first generation locally born”, who is also “immunized against the six substances that generate emotional  instability” (what an imagination!)

 

One of my favorite parts is the beginning which says:

“Mars, some time after the last world-space war and before the first war in Mars”

 

And talking about favorite parts, I would like to share an extract of the story which is the author’s favorite:

 

Extracto del cuento de ciencia ficción

“Affectuum Hominen”

Por Sarahel Pérez Carreón

En medio del viaje, sin razón alguna Declain abrió los ojos, había perdido la noción del tiempo, las luces de la capsula estaban apagadas, encontró a Dayle contemplando su diamante al otro extremo de la cápsula, sosteniéndolo a contraluz de la luna, lo observaba con mucha atención, como una niña que observa una aurora boreal por primera vez.

– ¿Por qué te gusta tanto?

– Los diamantes pueden llegar a ser tan jóvenes como la tierra o tan viejos como el universo y es tal vez mi vanidad la que me hace pensar que un pedazo de estrella luce bien en mí, que me hace más bonita o será sencillamente que me gusta como brillan.

Para una persona perspicaz, no saber qué decir puede llegar a ser frustrante y ante tal frustración Declain sólo supo decir:

– Descansemos, ha sido un largo día. 

 

I really hope you have enjoyed this painting and the story extract.

Elena

 

Members of The Reading Club:

Gabriel García Rosas

Manuel Lavin Vizcaíno

Sarahel Pérez Carreón

Filippo Rodríguez Spadavecchia

María Elena Vargas Magaña

 

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Photographs by: MEVM

 

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Everything happened in Chiapas

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Painting: “Self-portrait with my friends“, 2014 (100x100cm, acrylic on canvas).

These three paitings that belong to the project “Everything Happened in Chiapas” were presented at the Painting Regional Biennal 2014 “Miguel Ángel Gómez Ventura” in the renowned Art Gallery “El Jaguar Despertado”. As an artist, this participation represented the first opportunity to exhibit my artwork in the city of Villahermosa, reason why I consider this Biennal another turning point in my artistic career.

Many exhibitions followed from that date on, and everytime I participated in any show I had the opportunity to work together with two of my favorite writers, the first one is my sister Yoana Vargas Magaña and the second one is my friend José Ernesto Sotuyo Andrade, both have greatly inspired me and contributed to highlight every piece that has been presented.

This time is the poet José Ernesto Sotuyo Andrade who inspirationally writes about every painting, in this way, in “Timo and Mimo” these characters are alive and they steal me a big smile; then, in the painting “Self-portrait with my friends”, they fight themselves for my hair and they also climb the branches of my arms to reach my head and get one sin from here and one oblivion from there; and it’s in the last painting “You stay with me”, where grandma Isabel is a Ceiba Tree and her big heart is the woods. (Now you can guess why I love to work with my talented writers, they always write with their souls…)

As always, I hope that you enjoy the paintings and their respective following writing:

 

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Autorretrato con mis amigos

Por José Ernesto Sotuyo Andrade

-Vengan, y ahora un retrato.

Ahí vienen, se retuercen, se revuelcan, se atropellan. Se pelean mi cabello, se trepan sobre las ramas de mis brazos, me espulgan, un pecado aquí, un olvido allá, en merecida terapia de higiene a mi conciencia, se mecen en mis sueños, dan un brinco y me bajan una nube, otro más, me llevan a la luna, se columpian y regresan, regresamos, de una pirueta aterrizan frente a mí.

Somos unos locos. Y les agradezco el favor.

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Below is the painting “Timo and Mimo”.

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Painting: “Timo and Mimo“, 2014 (70x90cm, acrylic on canvas).

 

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Timo y Mimo

Por José Ernesto Sotuyo Andrade

Son unos locos. Una pandilla de locos. Timo, un buscavidas y Mimo, un burlamuertes, atorrantes ellos de insoportable ternura, locos al fin. Fue Mimo quién llegó primero robándome una sonrisa y en vuelta de rueda Timo se acercó riñendo atención; me robó otra. Total, salí desfalcada, qué importa, la felicidad es una deuda sin deudores. Ladronzuelos inquietos. Timo o quizás fue Mimo comenzó a medir mi rostro, a buscar qué se yo en mis ojos, a asomarse con temerosa intención de lanzarse y caer en redondo sobre el fondo de mi corazón. Tal cual pero los dos. Timo o quizás Mimo duplicaba los gestos en perfecta sincronía. ¿Fue ese robo mi mejor inversión?

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Finally you can find the painting “You stay with me”.

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Painting: “You stay with me“, 2014 (100x100cm, acrylic on canvas).

 

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Tú te quedas conmigo

Por José Ernesto Sotuyo Andrade

La abuela Isabel es una ceiba y su corazón el bosque. Es de esas mujeres tímidas que esquivan los halagos. Dueña de una fortuna de bondad, hectáreas de alegría y tierras fértiles de esperanza. ¿En verdad no le importa que se queden conmigo?, le pregunto y espanta con su mano la obviedad de la respuesta como quién espanta una mosca. Yo voy a estar bien, lo poquito es mío y tú, mirando a un pedacito de afecto, tú te quedas conmigo.

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Thank you again for taking a little time to read this blog…

Elena

 

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Photographs by: MEVM

 

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The Market of Poza Rica

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Photograph: “La Maga" or in English “The Wizard”, 2016.

Our Mexican culture and traditions have deeply inspired me to continue working on art projects that highlight all that our country has to share.

This time the objective of the project is to promote The Market of Poza Rica by creating artistic photographs of all that is sold in this place, accompained by the poetic prose of a writer that I admire.

I’m working together with the poet José Ernesto Sotuyo Andrade who with his unique way of using the words is writing the texts for each piece (thank you vey much for your extraordinary contribution!).

This time I’m presenting only 2 out of 5 photographs that were taken in the commercial place #172, #173 and #174 corresponding to Sombreros “Mezano” or “Mezano” Hats.

Well, let's continue with the writing of photograph #1 titled "La Maga" or in English "The Wizard";

 

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“La Maga”

Por José Ernesto Sotuyo Andrade

El telón recogió su dramático terciopelo en vertical ascendente hasta dejar una figura iluminada en el fondo. La atmosfera se vació de sonidos, extinguiendo las voces a murmullos y finalmente apagándolos en suspiros. El acto prometía el asombro de verse frente al crepuscular horizonte de su futuro. La figura que apareció en el fondo iluminada solo desde el cuello y hasta su alto bombín entornó la mirada incomodada por el reflector hasta delinear un rostro blanco de labios negros y rasgos horadados por vanidosas líneas simétricas. La expectativa se tensó. Los ojos de la mujer mostraron a cada uno de los presentes la justa dimensión de su corazón.

Con ustedes; la Maga.

Y el público rompió en un vendaval de aplausos.

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Below is photograph #2 titled "La Llorona" or in English "The Crying Lady".

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Photograph: “La Llorona" or in English “The Crying Lady”, 2016.

 

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“La Llorona”

Por José Ernesto Sotuyo Andrade

Lejos de ser una presencia silenciosa que se hace del disimulo para aterrar, el folclor de la Llorona es llamativo, lamentos y gritos que encajan las mismas uñas del dolor en el corazón y un vestido blanco y largo casi inmaculado que se arrastra en el suelo. Después del susto la pena. Pobre mujer, Diosito, dale descanso.

Pobre.

No era pobre. Según la latitud donde se escuche su leyenda, la Llorona era una mujer a la que no le faltaba nada, uno, dos o tres hijos, muertos por ella o por alguien, caída en desgracia por celos o por el abandono, los vapores de la historia se levantan sulfurosos hasta marear, la Llorona es una bocanada de tragedia.

Le hemos cantado, por respeto, ni Dios mande. Chavela Vargas jamás imaginó popularizar un son istmeño que le cantaba a una mujer atormentada. Tampoco imaginó que ayudaría a llevar su lamento a lo largo y hondo del tiempo y del continente y que aislada su leyenda, ahogada entre besos, asfixiada en caricias, la Llorona llora por amor.

Ayer, maravilla fui Llorona

Y ahora ni sombra soy

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Thank you for taking the time to visit my ArtBlog and I hope you have enjoyed it.

Elena

 

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Photographs by: MEVM

 

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Paradise

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Painting: “Tierra Fronteriza" 2016 (50x67cm, acrylic on canvas).

With the invitation to participate in the exhibition “PARADISE” held in the city of Duderstadt, Germany, as an artist I wanted to show the efforts people who live in the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas located in the Mexican-USA border do to try to live a “normal” life and rescue the city to be a safer place. These efforts include recovering the place by promoting a more cultural life, include young people in art and musical projects so they are focused on these activities and they can excel on them.

So about the paintings, the first one titled “Tierra Fronteriza” (“Border Land”) is inspired in the differences and similarities both lands have and the second one titled “Sueños de paz de una artista de la frontera” (“Dreams of peace from an artist of the border”) is inspired in the colorful city I would like to see in the near future.

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Painting: “Sueños de paz de una artista de la frontera" 2016 (50x67cm, acrylic on canvas).

Finally, the scuplture titled “Al rescate de mi paraíso” (“At the rescue of my paradise”) can be better described with the poem written by Hazem Mahmoud and Yoana Vargas Magaña, showing how we can fight violence and inspire hearts with weapons such as music, art, sports and education.

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“Al rescate de mi paraíso" 2016, Sculpture.

 

My Paradise

By Hazem Mahmoud and Yoana Vargas Magaña

Peace be upon you

Peace or violence

This tough war can break us,

if we let it happen

But there’s still some shine of peace inside my paradise,

Bring the good from within the normal people and then we can call them soldiers

Fighting with different kind of weapons,  fighting to protect us from us

War is the enemy of peace

And peace is my paradise

Peace be upon us, so let’s save our paradise

Peace be upon you

Peace or violence

So tell me at the end

What kind of weapon will you carry?

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-LOVE, MUSIC, SPORTS-

Fragment of the sculpture “Al rescate de mi paraíso" 2016.

 

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We can really rescue our city from violence, hope never dies.

Fragment of the sculpture “Al rescate de mi paraíso" 2016.

 

I really hope you like this art and the inspiration behind it.

But before I say good bye I would like to ask two questions:

What’s your paradise?

and

What can you do to make it better everyday?

 

XoXo

Elena

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Photographs by: MEVM

All my love to my dear Family whose support and love I always have.

 

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Villahermosa Reflections

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Photograph: "Reflections I", 2016. MUSEVI ("Museo Elevado de Villahermosa" or "Elevated Museum of Villahermosa").

The best way to say good bye to a city is by findind one of your favorite spots and taking the best possible pics, in this way you can make your own tribute to the city in question. This is what it happened with this photograph series called "Villahermosa Reflections" where a simple walk through this park named "Tomás Garrido Canabal" turned into a delightful experience (this is for sure my favorite place in Villahermosa, Tabasco).

The park is located along the shores of the "Laguna de las Ilusiones", a lagoon that acts as a fantastic mirror of the trees, gardens and the different types of architecture with a combination of prehispanic, colonial and contemporary aspects. With this scenario it is possible to get fantastic photographs specially before the sunset, so I really recommend you to take a stroll one of these days just to admire the view and relax.

On a typical sunday, it's very common to find several families from the city taking a walk around the park, exersicing or just getting something to eat from all the variety of snacks you can find here.

At night and in the most private places of the park it is also probable to find some couples talking and most of the time kissing (I wish I have a picture to show you how they look! Muack, muack and muack!).

Talking about the night, one of the best things when it comes is the illumination of the MUSEVI, from purple and green it moves to a range of blues, and so on. The incredible structure of the MUSEVI ("Museo Elevado de Villahermosa" or "Elevated Museum of Villahermosa") was built by the mexican architect Enrique Norten and it is a pedestrian bridge simulating the form of a gar-like swamp fish commonly known in this region as "pejelagarto" (a combined word "peje" meaning fish in the way people from Villahermosa pronounce it and "lagarto" meaning alligator). The MUSEVI is also a space created to promote art and it has just been remodelled, so expect a variety of art expressions to be exhibited in this site (I hope to show my art here someday!).

Well, here is the gallery of "Villahermosa Reflections" and now it's time to say good bye to this exotic and beautiful city!

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Photograph: "Reflections I", 2016. Photograph of the MUSEVI ("Museo Elevado de Villahermosa" or "Elevated Museum of Villahermosa").Photograph: "Light over darkness", 2016. Spectacular nigth view of the MUSEVI.

 

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Photograph: "Good bye Villahermosa!", 2016.

Thanks for passing by and I hope you enjoy Villahermosa.

Elena

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Photographs by: MEVM and Luis Antonio Pérez Moreno

As always, I would like to thank my great team in life, my family that a deeply love, Gerardo Vargas HernándezMaría Elena Magaña SánchezLupita and Yoanita Vargas Magaña

 

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Painting, painting and painting…

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Painting: “L-O-V-E" 2016 (100 x 100cm, acrylic on canvas).

 

(And how to be inspired to be creative…)

I just noticed that if you have an empty house for sure you will get inspired to create something to decorate it, and this is what just happened to us (and I say us because my sister Lupita, her boyfriend Miguel, Luis and I were involved). The house was all ours and we needed to fill it up.

The first thing they told me was they didn't know how to paint (and I said "Don't worry, just let it flow", and that's what it happened). In the end, we created a very nice artistic environment with modern paintings combined with some of my previous paintings.

So, the painting I post this time was created by Luis and I, and the title is "L-O-V-E" which is a 100 x100cm acrylic on canvas (can you find the letters forming the word LOVE? and can you also find a dinosaur in the painting???). The three colors used were black, yellow and white. We started with the black as a background just letting the brush going one side to the other of the canvas in a free style, after it was dry the left holes were filled with the combination of the colors yellow and black, sometimes we also mixed yellow with white to bring the painting some light.

I could say it took us less than an hour to paint it, so it is the fastest painting I've ever worked on, and I'm very proud I did it with Luis. It was also a very funny experience because as I mentioned before, this painting was used to decorate my sister Lupita's new place. Now the house looks like a house and also as an art gallery…

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Luis and I, the painters.

We look very serious in the previous photo but it's just to create the artistic vibe, but in reality we were laughing all the time specially because I'm a controlling woman telling Luis "Honey, let the paint flow as you feel it" hehehe and in the next second (when something didn't look kind of artistic) I said "Mmmm let it flow but not that way it's better this way" (Sorry but art is art and it always has to look cool).

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Laughing about me being a controlling artist.

 

In summary, what I learned by doing these paintings with Lupita, Miguel and Luis is that:

– You can use any kind of material to do something artistic.
– It's very easy to decorate your house in as artistic way.
– It's a lot of fun to create art with the people you love.
– Everyone is capable to create what we consider art.
– You feel proud because you did it, even though you thought you couldn't.

 

Well, it's time to say good by for now…

Elena

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Photographs by: Yoana Vargas Magaña

As always, I would like to thank my great team in life, my family that a deeply love, Gerardo Vargas HernándezMaría Elena Magaña SánchezLupita and Yoanita Vargas Magaña

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Short stories that inspire…

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Painting: “Sad Story No.1" 2015 (80 x 50cm, acrylic on cardboard).

Most of the time I am asked (especially from people who didn’t know that my passion is painting and photography) how I get the time to do all this, to paint, take photographs, work proposals for exbhibitions, gather artists and open exhibitions. Well, the answer is very simple, I have no free weekends!!! (hehehe well only when I’m fully dedicated to a project), then, most of the time, a lot of ideas, projects and also business (why not?) are in my mind, so I take the time to select the one I will work on.

But all of this wouldn’t be possible without the help of my favorite writers Yoana Vargas Magaña and José Ernesto Sotuyo Andrade (Sorry guys! I know I’m very demanding giving you very short time for a writing). They are always willing to contribute to any art project I have in mind, and let me tell you something, their writing and short stories really make the paintings and photographs be alive.

This time I present the paintings titled “Sad Story No.1” and “Your eyes in my mirror”, both inspired in Yoana’s short stories, the first one is in English and there is also another painting inspired by this writing previously posted in this art blog; and the second one is written in Spanish and it is dedicated to all those women who due to severe situations had to run away from foreign countries and leave their children in there (tough decision, isn’t it?).

“Yo apenas te recuerdo, recuerdo tus ojos cada vez que me miro al espejo y odio tenerlos, siempre ahí recordándome que decidiste dejarme.”

Fragmento del cuento “Tus ojos en mi espejo”  

I hope you like these painting as well as their respective short story…

 

“Sad Story No.1.” by Yoana Vargas Magaña

Girl was sitting on the bench, it was a cold winter, she does not remember feeling that kind of cold before, it was not just her bones or her skin, it was a cold inside her soul  that almost slowed down her heart beat till death, she was  lost in her mind, watching birds fly over the cold lake, she was imagining how it would feel to have wings and be able to fly… fly and forget about everything… just feeling the warm wind stroke her face gently just as her mom used to do it before sleeping right after kissing her in the forehead… why do we have to leave home so early? She asked herself, birds live with their families all their life and no one thinks that is weird or not appropriate, as we the humans perceive this action, why do we have to follow the human rules?… in the end it is a simple bunch of humans the ones who made them, so why do we have to do what other humans decided it was the correct thing to do?.

She sat there until the night came, tear drops froze right away, she started to walk into the lake. Ice was getting thinner and thinner beneath her feet, she felt how pain disappeared with every step… she knew this was the only way… wounds in her soul will never heal… they say that “Time is the best master… shame that kills their disciples”, for sure she will not commend this task to time. Finally ice broke, she closed her eyes and sank into the cool depth. She finally got her wings. She broke the human rules.

One thing you should know from your life, there are two things.

Either yes or no…

Explanations do not mean anything

Because if I go away from this world

and give hell lot of good explanations…

at the end of day what matters is if I can come back

and the answer is… No

 

This following painting expresses the reunion of a mother and a daughter (who was raised by her father) after several years of being apart due to the mother had to run away from the foreign country where her daughter was born mainly because of a cultural severe situation where she could not take her with her. In the end, the daugther can’t deny her origin and resemblance because they both have the same eyes (and hopefully a different destiny)… 

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Painting: “My eyes in your mirror" 2015 (80 x 50cm, acrylic on cardboard).

“Tus ojos en mi espejo” por Yoana Vargas Magaña

– ¿Y porque nunca regresaste?

– No pude, dijo entrecortadamente, agachando la cabeza rápidamente, como quien busca esconder algo, mientras tanto su barbilla temblorosa delataba que con gran esfuerzo contenía unas lágrimas muy pesadas, llenas de recuerdos y de miedo. – Dijo que si lo hacia él iba a…

– No digas más por favor, no quiero que digas nada sobre él. Él ha sido todo para mí. Yo apenas te recuerdo, recuerdo tus ojos cada vez que me miro al espejo y odio tenerlos, siempre ahí recordándome que decidiste dejarme.

Ella no dijo nada, la miraba como si se tratase de un ángel hermoso, una inmaculada aparición que no puede tocarse por más que se desee. Finalmente dijo: – Yo también recuerdo tus ojos cada vez que me miro al espejo y amo verte por lo menos ahí.

 

I realy hope you enjoyed the paintings along with the short stories and thank you for reading this second post of 2016!

Elena

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Photographs by: MEVM

I would like to thank my great team in life, my family that a deeply love, Gerardo Vargas Hernández, María Elena Magaña Sánchez, Lupita and Yoanita Vargas Magaña.

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“¡Queremos contarte un cuento!”

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All the artists with the person who is always encouraging us to create and exhibit our works: Eduardo Rodas, all our gratitude to you dear Eduardo!. From left to right: Gildardo Hernández, María Elena Vargas, Jorge Zamorano, Atziri Pérez, Eduardo Rodas, Sandra Martell, Carmina Acopa and Darwin Cruz.

 

The day of the exhibition “¡Queremos contarte un cuento!” finally arrived and this time the Art Gallery “El Jaguar Despertado” was the place where 16 artists from Tabasco, Chiapas, Jalisco and Germany (Göttingen and Duderstadt) exhibited their art works.

Adrián Quiroz (conceptual art) Chiapas

Alejandro Tassias (painting) Chiapas

Andrea Ruiz (acoustic installation) Chiapas

Atziri Pérez (painting) Tabasco

Carmina Acopa (painting) Tabasco

Christiane Mosler (painting) Duderstadt

Conny Hiller (illustration) Göttingen

Darwin Cruz (painting) Chiapas

Francisco Partida (photography) Jalisco

Gely Pacheco (video-installation) Chiapas

Jorge Zamorano (Installation and drawing) Chiapas

Lüder Mosler (conceptual art) Duderstadt

María Elena Vargas (painting) Tabasco

Sandra Gómez (video) Chiapas

Sandra Martell (illustration) Tabasco

 

The original idea of the exhibition was by the German artist Conny Hiller and I, and it came out in 2013 when we realized that most people like stories, and they also like being told stories, reason why we selected the title “We would like to tell you a story!”. The main goal was to invite artists with a strong conceptual proposal inspired in all the stories we have been told during our lives (and believe me we refered to “all kinds of stories”).

Then the artist from Chiapas Jorge Zamorano and I developed this idea and invited artists from Tabasco, Chiapas, Jalisco and also international artists from Germany to participate. As the curator of this exhibition, he selected the participants based on the innovative, creative and original proposals.

Thus, the dream came true and we had the opportunity to present this fun, creative and interactive exhibition…

Here are the photos of the opening…

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People looking the art pieces and at the same time talking to some of the artists who could be there.

 

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This piece titled “The day I lost my umbrella” by Lüder Mosler was a total hit and many people took a photo of it.

 

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It was a night where many artists gathered to see and talk about what other artists from Tabasco, Chiapas, Jalisco and Germany are doing, for example these three pieces by Conny Hiller which show what the refugees in Europe experience in their journey to this continent.

 

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Six artists from Chiapas presented their work for the first time at the Galería de Arte “El Jaguar Despertado”.

 

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The artist Sandra Martell at the exhibition.

 

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It was an exhibition where the guests could interact with the art.

 

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Even this kid was curious about this piece by Adrián Quiroz.

 

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The diversity of the art pieces led to very interesting conversations.

 

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Here with my team in life, my beloved parents.

 

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The artist Fernando Pitalúa sharing his observations.

 

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My dear friends supporting me all the time.

 

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Interesting and creative pieces by Christiane Mosler titled “Behind the curtain” and “In front of the curtain”.

 

Queremos_contarte_un_cuento (3)_EDTOne of the favorite pieces was the one by Conny Hiller titled “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” about the refugees in Europe.

 

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The artist Carmina Acopa trying this piece titled “About the money” by artist Andrea Ruiz in collaboration with Jorge Zamorano.

 

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The painter Atziri Pérez observing some art pieces.

 

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As I mentioned, it was a night full of artists, from painters, sculptors, photographers to new media artists. This emerging artist wanted a photograph with my painting titled “Your eyes in my mirror” inspired by the short story by Yoana Vargas Magaña.

 

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The artist Gildardo Hernández with his drawing.

 

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Very proud of his work is the artist Darwin Cruz.

 

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Friends walking around the exhibition.

 

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Thanks to my dad I always have the best videos.

 

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Excellent comments of the art exhibition even by a very famous artist who visited it.

 

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Paintings, photographs, video-installation, drawings and scultures were part of this art exhibition.

 

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Melao by Cao is always present with very creative and delicious dessert tables.

 

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Interview with Paco Mesa for the program “Este día” TVT Tabasco the day before the art exhibition.

 

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After the interview in TVT Tabasco with Paco Mesa.

 

Thank you for reading this first post of the year!

And I wish you the best this 2016!!!

Elena

 

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Photographs by: Guadalupe Vargas Magaña, Gerardo Vargas Hernández and Jesús Adrián Huerta Ascencio.

I would like to thank my great team in life, my family that a deeply love, Gerardo Vargas Hernández, María Elena Magaña Sánchez, Lupita and Yoanita Vargas Magaña.

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Papillón: A Legend of Tabasco PART 2

parque-museo-la-venta-003Painting: “Papillón el trotamundos” or “Papillón the globetrotter” 2015, (50 x 80cm, acrylic on cardboard).

Today, the protagonist will be the fascinating story by Yoana Vargas Magaña, in which, she tells the nostalgic last day the octogenarian crocodile Papillón lived and how he was ready to depart from this world.

I would say it is one of my favorite short stories she has written.

I hope you like it as well…

 

“No soy de aquí, ni soy de allá,

no tengo edad ni porvenir

y ser feliz es mi color de identidad.”

Facundo Cabral

 

Papillón el trotamundos

Por Yoana Vargas Magaña

En memoria a Papillón, el cocodrilo más grande y longevo del país mexicano, el cual murió a las 10 a.m. del martes 21 de enero del 2014.

Ese martes lo recuerdo bien, en mi horizonte veía al sol como aquella gran masa resplandeciente que tanto me abrigó, lo contemplaba casi inmóvil, creo que en cierta forma me despedía de él, el agua fresca mojaba mi piel, esta escamosa piel que tanto me protegió y la misma por la cual, tantos de mis casi hermanos fueron asesinados.

El viento cantaba una canción triste en mi oído y de pronto lo entendí, me dirigía a aquel lugar de donde nadie, ni siquiera yo puedo escapar, cerré los ojos y comencé mi última huida, mi último viaje y esta vez ya no me dirigía a la Laguna de las Ilusiones.

 

The painting “Papillón el trotamundos” is part of the itinerant exhibition “Plástica Tabasqueña” organized by the Instituto Estatal de Cultura de Tabasco (IEC) and CONACULTA. This exhibition is visiting renowned art galleries in four states of our country; Ciudad de México, Puebla, Estado de México and Tlaxcala.

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Flyer of the itinerant exhibition “Plástica Tabasqueña” exhibited in Puebla, Puebla.

 

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Flyer of the itinerant exhibition “Plástica Tabasqueña” exhibited in Ciudad de México, México.

 

“esta escamosa piel que tanto me protegió y la misma por la cual, tantos de mis casi hermanos fueron asesinados.”Papillon_Parque_Museo_La_Venta_001

Papillón will always live in the Parque-Museo La Venta.

 

Thanks a lot for always taking the time to read this art blog.

Have an excellent week!

Elena

Short story “Papillón el trotamundos”: Yoana Vargas Magaña

Web page: Jonathan Nuño Jarquin

Photographs: María Elena Vargas Magaña (MEVM)

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Papillón: A Legend of Tabasco PART 1

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Painting: “Papillón enséñanos a huir” or “Papillón teach us to escape” 2015, (50 x 80cm, acrylic on cardboard).

If you are from Villahermosa or currently living in this city, you might have heard about Papillón, an octogenarian crocodile who lived in the Parque-Museo La Venta for more than forty years. Papillón was and still is a legend in Tabasco.

“Because of the several escapes of this reptile, people gave her the nickname of the famous French prisoner Henri Charrière, alias Papillon, who became famous in the movie directed by Franklin J. Schaffner in 1973, starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.” tells Juan José Saiz Zarza who saved this crocodile thirty four years ago and was her doctor ever since until 2014 when this specimen died.

In memory of Papillón and also as a tribute to Juan José Saiz Zarza who patiently healed the crocodile’s wounds and took care of her for so many years, I present the following writing by the talented Yoana Vargas Magaña titled “Papillón enséñanos a huir” or in English “Papillón teach us to escape”.

 

“Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto
Me ha dado la marcha de mis pies cansados
Con ellos anduve ciudades y charcos,
Playas y desiertos, montañas y llanos
Y la casa tuya, tu calle y tu patio.”

Violeta Parra

Papillón enséñanos a huir

Por Yoana Vargas Magaña

De cierta forma todos huimos de algo, es parte de lo que somos pero principalmente de lo que queremos ser, yo huyo de la monotonía, de la falta en mi vida del arte, las sonrisas y la nobleza pura, huyo de las frases simples, las lecturas rápidas, el café frio, las amistades falsas, el amor a medias y sobre todo de ser quien no soy.

Así Papillón, que no muchos lo saben pero era una hembra, gustaba de escaparse a la Laguna de las Ilusiones por su pasadizo subterráneo, como si se tratase del mismísimo Cousteau, buscando aventurarse lejos de su estanque al que amaba también, lo hizo como tres veces, y como a todos nos ha pasado, algunas de esas veces no le fue muy bien, balazos, terminar atrapada en una red de pescadores furtivos, un ojo perdido, entre otras cosas más y nosotros quejándonos por un corazón roto.

Hoy me enteré que los cocodrilos desde hace muchísimos años, han mantenido una mágica relación con sus pájaros guardianes, después de comer, el cocodrilo se queda inmóvil y con la boca abierta mientras su higienista personal, el pájaro aventurero, entra en su boca y limpia los desechos que le quedan en ella, además lo mantiene limpio de los insectos en su piel y le avisa de los peligros latentes al volar despavorido ante algún peligro que irónicamente no es el estar en la boca de tan majestoso reptil.

Papillón no tuvo un pájaro guardián como la mayoría de los cocodrilos, él en cambio tuvo a Juan José Saiz Zarza, su humano guardián, del cual se dice que, con humildad, expresó haber aprendido todo lo que sabe respecto a estos hermosos animales gracias a Papillón.

Creo que en este mundo se necesitan más artistas apasionados como la pintora María Elena Vargas Magaña quien en sus obras nos deja parte de su corazón y de personas como este veterinario desinteresado, que huyó de no convertiste en un ser extraordinario.

Como alguna vez dijo J.R.R.Tolkien “no todos los que deambulan están perdidos.”

 

Now that you have read this writing I have a question for you:

What would you like to escape from?

Well, let me say good bye for now and "see" you soon with the posting of the short story titled “Papillón el trotamundos” or in English “Papillón the globetrotter”  by Yoana Vargas Magaña.

Have a good week!

Elena

Creative support by: Yoana Vargas Magaña

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño Jarquin

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