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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Wake the photographer inside you!

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Photograph: “The bride of the sea" 2015.

I think everyone can make a good photographer, it’s only a matter of practice and having the right tools available. For starters like me, a professional camera and a good edition software would make the difference with the photographs. Let me tell you that I’m very proud of my camera Canon EOS 60D (I simply love it!!!)…

So, if you are planning on investing in a professional camera, please go ahead!, because if you have a passion for photography you will find yourself enjoying every single minute taking pics and thinking “I’m glad I have my PRO camera with me”.

The fun also continues when you go to your computer, download the photos and start working on editing them (and you get the best pic ever!). Here is where your imagination take flight with all kinds of possibilities.

We know there are many edition software we can use, in my particular case, I really find the programme LightZone very easy to use and it has worked for me during my photography projects. The only thing you have to do is to register and the approval is automatic (then you are ready to use it right away!).

Then you can share your pics with your friends in the different social media, and you can also create an account in Flickr – Photo Sharing where you can find a lot of inspiration from the different photographers around the world.

As an example here is my project “Not Just a Painter”.

And to learn more about photography, please visit this amazing site, the Digital Photography School, created by Darren Rowse. Here you can find useful information to improve your skills with the camera, for example, just take a look to the link with this perfect title for starters: “21 Settings, Techniques and Rules All New Camera Owners Should Know”.

Just to show you the difference from the original photos, here are some examples (although let me tell you that sometimes the original photos don’t need a thing!).

This photograph was taken in the beautiful promenade of the city of Campeche and it’s an sculpture called “La novia del mar”, a woman who is patiently waiting for her loved one who left for the sea.

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The original photograph.

Following you can see all the tests I made in order to get my favorite edited photograph, which is the one opening this art blog posting.

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Test No. 1 Color.

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Test No. 2 B&W.

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Test No. 3 B&W.

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Test No. 4 Color. This is the one I finally selected because the colors are enhanced and at the same time you can see the texture of the sculpture’s material.

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Test No. 5 B&W.

Next photograph was taken in the Zacatal Bridge in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, where is amazing to stare nature and these pelicans relaxing, taking the flight or just arriving like the one you can observe here.

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The original photograph.

These are the all the tests, resulting  Test No. 2 Color to be my favorite one because it is possible to see the texture of the waves. I also liked Test No. 1 Color because the blue color of the sea is enhanced.

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Test No. 1 Color.

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Test No. 2 Color. This is the selected picture.

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Test No. 3 Color.

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Test No. 4 B&W.

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Test No. 5 B&W.

I hope you are quite ready to grab your camera, take pics and have fun editing them in any possible way!

Thank you for reading this post…

Elena

Creative support by: Yoana Vargas Magaña

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño Jarquin

Photographs by: María Elena Vargas Magaña (MEVM)

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“Look, this is not a selfie!” Part 2

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Photograph “My King and Queen”, 2015. “El hombre feliz es aquel que siendo rey o campesino, encuentra paz en su hogar.” Johann Wolfgang Goethe

 

This time I would like to present the gallery of the exhibition “Look, this is not a selfie!” held at the Galería de Arte “El Jaguar Despertado” last April in Villahermosa, Tabasco.

And in this oportunity I would like to really THANK all my friends who let me take them photos or take photos of their wonderful kids. So, you also made this art exhibition possible.

Thanks, thanks and thanks!!!

 

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Photograph “The scientist”, 2015. "Un científico en su laboratorio no es sólo un técnico: es también un niño colocado ante fenómenos naturales que le impresionan como un cuento de hadas." Marie Curie

 

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Photograph “I have dreams”, 2015. “Si puedes soñarlo, puedes hacerlo.” Walt Disney

 

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Photograph “The geologist”, 2015. “El mejor científico está abierto a la experiencia, y esta empieza con un romance, es decir, la idea de que todo es posible.” Ray Bradbury

 

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Photograph “The fashionista”, 2015. “La moda no existe sólo en los vestidos. La moda está en el cielo, en la calle, la moda tiene que ver con las ideas, la forma en que vivimos, lo que está sucediendo.” Coco Chanel

 

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Photograph “Being a girl in this world”, 2015. “Hay tres cosas que los niños pueden enseñar a los adultos: a estar siempre contentos sin un motivo aparente, a estar siempre ocupados en algo y a exigir con todas sus fuerzas algo.” Paulo Coehlo

 

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Photograph “The painter”, 2015. “Me gusta una pintura que me hace querer pasear en ella.” Auguste Renoir

 

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Photograph “The princess”, 2015. “Los ideales que han iluminado mi camino y una y otra vez me han infundido valor para enfrentarme a la vida. Han sido la bondad, la belleza y la verdad.” Albert Einstein

 

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Photograph “Me, in pearls”, 2015. “Simplemente trato de hacer moda con un poco de poesía.” Gianfranco Ferré

 

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Photograph “The little photographer”, 2015. "Si sabes esperar la gente se olvidará de tu cámara y entonces su alma saldrá a la luz.” Steve McCurry

 

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Photograph “The entrepreneur”, 2015. “El éxito está conectado con la acción. La gente exitosa se mantiene en movimiento. Hacen errores pero nunca se dan por vencido.” Conrad Hilton

 

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Photograph “Playing”, 2015. “Las personas grandes nunca comprenden nada por sí solas y es muy aburrido para los niños tener que darles una y otra vez explicaciones.” Antoine De Saint Exupery

 

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Photograph “Little princess I”, 2015. “El amor es la fuerza más humilde, pero la más poderosa de que dispone el ser humano” Mahatma Ghandi

 

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Photograph “Little princess II”, 2015. “Buscando el bien de nuestros semejantes, encontramos el nuestro.” Platón

 

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Photograph “The fighters”, 2015. “Un acto que requiere de gran coraje, es pensar por ti mismo. En voz alta.” Coco Chanel

 

I really hope you enjoyed this gallery!

Elena

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño.

Photographs by: María Elena Vargas Magaña.

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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“Look, this is not a selfie!” PART 1

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This was the exhibition opening in which I had the fortune to have my parents Gerardo Vargas and María Elena Magaña, as well as my sister Lupita cut the inaugural ribbon. Also my friends Victoria Chavez and Cristina Sánchez helped me holding it. 

 

After the last exhibition “El migrante de sueños: Ni el primero ni el último” (in English “The Migrant of Dreams: Neither the first nor the last one”), I realized I had only one month to prepare the next one titled “Look, this is not a selfie!” and because of this not-very-well planning it was really crazy too have it done (OMG!).

The good thing is that a lot of people contributed to have it exhibited by letting me take them photographs. So, I spent days and more days photo shooting, editing and printing the pictures with the main objective of portraying those special characteristics every single person has.

Thus, through the artist’s eyes, it was possible to see the fighters, the scientist, the geologist, the entrepreneur, the princess, the king and his queen, the photographer and so on, discovering the inner self in every look (just wait a little, you will see the photographs in the next posting, then you will tell me what you see!).

I hope you enjoy this opening… 

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The exhibition just about to be opened.

 

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Checking the music with the DJ before everything started.

 

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The visit of many excellent friends really made the night.

 

This exhibition also had the participation of the following talented artists: Simone Di Santo, Elda Nallely Flores, Abraham González Roque, Sandra Martell, Carmina Acopa, Chamaly Revelez, Carlos González Vega, Tochiro Gallegos and Oscar Tijerina.

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Beautiful artist Elda Nallely Flores going around the gallery.

 

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The artist Carmina Acopa showing her artwork.

 

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My parents along with family friends Pilar Oviedo and Armando Gómez.

 

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The talented soprano Zhara Flaviani created a magical moment with her beautiful voice. Click the link to see a little bit of the exhibition:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UcQlgQmDJs

 

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Friends also having a good time.

 

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People admiring the artwork from the invited artists Simone Di Santo, Sandra Martell and Chamaly Revelez.

 

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The artist Carmina Acopa seems to be very interested in the conversation.

 

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Adira Uc posing with her dreamy artwork.

 

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Sandra Martell among the emerging artists from Tabasco.

 

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The art gallery “El Jaguar Despertado” is the most important exhibiting place in the state of Tabasco.

 

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My parents posing with their photograph, where I tried to express that they are my King and Queen. I love them so much.

 

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With my dear friends.

 

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Alejandro Ortiz and Astrid Baray.

 

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Let's all have the good time, good time, good time!.

 

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At the end of the exhibition the only thing we wanted was to eat tacos!

 

Thank you for taking a little time to read this posting!

Next time you will see the complete artwork.

Elena

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Photographs by: Guadalupe Vargas Magaña, Gerardo Vargas Hernández and Aurelio Hernández Herrera (Q.E.P.D.).

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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“El Migrante de sueños: Ni el Primero Ni el Último” PART 2

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Painting titled “River of dreams”, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 100x100cm by MEVM. “Ya no llore; amá, vamos a estar bien ya verá, además no soy ni el primero ni el último que lo intenta”.

 

This is the gallery for the exhibition titled “El migrante de sueños: Ni el primero ni el último” (in English “The Migrant of Dreams: Neither the first nor the last one”) where you’ll se my job in detail as well as the work of the invited artists: Conny and Ricardo Hiller, Simone Di Santo, Catarino Iglesias, Elisa García, Jorge Zamorano, Elda Nallely Flores, Abraham González Roque and Sandra Morales Martell.

At the end of the posting I also present the talented poet José Ernesto Sotuyo and the writer Yoana Vargas Magaña who joined me in this journey. Thank you, thank you and thank you!!!

And if you’d like to read their stories, please send me an e-mail and I will send them to you…

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Painting titled “The sky is the limit”, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 100x100cm by MEVM. “El viaje más largo que un hombre puede hacer en la vida es hacia su infancia. Sin escalas, derechito a la inocencia. Desde aquí les escribo.”

 

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Painting titled “Does the stockholm syndrome exist?”, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 100x100cm by MEVM. “Tomó un pequeño clasto de su atesorado carbón, lo había encontrado el día en el que esos dos hombres la encerraron ahí”.

 

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Painting titled “Every dollar counts”, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 100x100cm by MEVM. “La brújula del corazón apuntando al norte. Siempre al norte; domicilio de anhelos.”

 

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Installation titled “Welcome to the land of opportunities, the only thing you need to do is to cross the border” by MEVM.

 

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Photographs of Erick Giovanni, José Leonel, Oscar Daniel and Christian, migrants from Honduras who traveled to the USA seeking a better life. If you’d like to see the photos in detail, please click the following link.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125839286@N05/

 

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Painting titled “Patrona de los migrantes”, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 100x100cm by MEVM. “Un hombre apresurado por el amanecer va corriendo por un cerro cuando una mujer de inmaculada belleza hace su aparición deteniendo en seco la carrera; el movimiento es fe.”

 

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Painting titled “Human ashes”, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 100x100cm by MEVM. “…entonces me despido de mis hijos colmándolos de azufrados besos de nostalgia”.

 

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Painting titled “Self-portrait with my friends”, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 100x100cm by MEVM. “I would like that stories that Yoana Vargas Magaña and José Ernesto Sotuyo tell us, be only that, stories and not reality.” 

 

The Invited Artists

Here is the gallery of the talented invited artists…

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This was the space for the talented invited artists.

 

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Spectacular photo of Mount Mallela in Abbruzzo, Italy. Title: “Reflexions”, 2010, 60x91cm by Simone Di Santo.

 

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Left: Photograph titled “Salad Desert”, 2007, 46x60cm by Elisa García “Las Salinas Grandes, ubicadas entre las provincias de Jujuy y Salta en el Noroeste de Argentina, presenta una gran extensión de un paisaje inhóspito y desolado, que también es fuente de trabajo para los pobladores de los pueblos vecinos debido a la producción de sal.” Right: Photograph titled “Playing between heaven and earth”, 2015, 40x60cm by Catarino Iglesias “Para saber si estas en el cielo no necesitas tocarlo, solo necesitas sentirte parte de él.”

 

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Photograph “Al sonoro rugir del cañon”, 2015, 40x60cm by Elda Nallely Flores Coronado. I won’t translate the photograph’s title, I don’t know how to do it hehehe, only mexicans understand this title because it’s a phrase from our national anthem. 

 

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Left: Drawing “The shadow of greed”, 2015, 21x27cm by Abraham González Roque. Right: Painting “Reds”, 2014, oil on canvas, 50x60cm by Sandra Morales Martell

 

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Graphic titled “Las entrañas de la patria”, 2013, 50x70cm by Jorge Zamorano “El deseo de conocer el interior de los símbolos que nos dan identidad.”

 

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Sculpture titled “The frog king”, 2013, by artist Ricardo Hiller

 

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Watercolor titled “Hahn-Münden”, 2013, 15x20cm by artist Conny Hiller. This design was one of the winners at the festival “Denkmal Kunst, Kunst Denkmal” (Monumento Arte, Arte Monumento) held in the city of Hahn-Münden, Germany.

 

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The talented poet José Ernesto Sotuyo.

 

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The talented writer Yoana Vargas Magaña.

 

Thank you again for reading this blog…

And remember that you´re invited to this week art exhibition

“Look, this is not a selfie!”

 

Elena

 

This post was edited by: Yoana Vargas Magaña

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Photographs by: María Elena Vargas Magaña

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“El Migrante de sueños: Ni el Primero Ni el Último” Part 1

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The Exhibition opening with the cultural authorities from the State of Tabasco, the Director for Cultural Promotion ICT Ph.D. Paulina Isabel León de la Peña Izundegui, the Fine Arts Coordinator Eduardo Rodas García and PEMEX authorities guest Lobsang de Jesús Díaz López.

 

This individual exhibition titled “El migrante de sueños: Ni el primero ni el último” (in English “The Migrant of Dreams: Neither the first nor the last one”) is inspired in those brave people who leave their countries searching for a better life in a place where most of the time they aren’t treated with the dignity they deserve or at a place where they can’t even get to.

“I would like that stories that Yoana Vargas Magaña and Jose Ernesto Sotuyo tell us, be only that, stories and not reality.”

The exhibition counts with the valuable participation of  the writer Yoana Vargas Magaña and the poet José Ernesto Sotuyo, who interpret the paintings and photographs with a real content in each of their writings.

 

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Mrs. Flora introducing the Exhibition titled "El Migrante de Sueños: Ni el Primero Ni el Último" (in English “The Migrant of Dreams: Neither the first nor the last one”) at the Planetario Tabasco 2000, Villahermosa, Tabasco.

 

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The entrance with the painting “River of dreams” inspired by the short story with the same title by the writer Yoana Vargas Magaña.

 

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The Fine Arts Coordinator Eduardo Rodas and the one who made this exhibition possible!

 

The Invited Artists

I would like to thank all the invited artists who participated in this exhibition and who will be part of the following great project titled “The Contrasts of Mexico”. The participant artists were: Conny and Ricardo Hiller, Simone Di Santo, Catarino Iglesias, Elisa García, Jorge Zamorano, Elda Nallely Flores, Abraham González Roque and Sandra Martell.

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The incredible work by the invited artists.

 

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The artist Simone Di Santo explaining his amazing photograph “Reflections” taken in Mount Mallela in Abbruzzo, Italy.

 

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Another talented artist with his wife Brenda and daugther Fátima.

 

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The talented artists Sandra Martell, Simone Di Santo, Nallely Flores and Abraham González Roque.

 

Friends who also visited the exhibition…

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My friends from the FCT Facultad de Ciencias de la Tierra UANL (Faculty of Earth Sciences UANL).

 

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With my dear friend Adriana Añez and Claudia Villalobos, the creator of the wonderful platters with desserts and canapés.

 

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It was nice to have really good and dear friends with me that night.

 

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Lobsang de Jesús Díaz López and me at the installation “Welcome to the land of opportunities, the only thing you need to do is to cross the border”.

 

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People going around the exhibition.

 

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The photographs made a lot of people conscious about the migrants situation.

 

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My dear friend Isela Ascencio and her daughter Narda.

 

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The great museographers Cenón, Mateo and Sergio, who arranged everything to be ready for the exhibition.

 

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Wonderful desserts and canapés table by Claudia Villalobos.

 

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“Traen la voz de los migrantes de sueños”, interview for the local newspapers Tabasco Hoy and Campeche Hoy by Yumey Salgado.

 

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Invitation for the exhibition designed by the IEC (Instituto Estatal de Cultura).

 

Thanks a lot for taking the time to see the review of the exhibition “El migrante de sueños: Ni el Primero ni el Último”!

Next time you will see the work of the invited artists, as well as my paintings and photographs for this exhibition.

Elena

 

This post was edited by: Yoana Vargas Magaña

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Photographs by: Guadalupe Vargas Magaña & Luis Antonio Pérez

 

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.

Another thank to Antonio Escalera Alcocer, Subdirector de Exploración y Producción PEMEX, for his support and for following up the exhibition “El migrante de sueños: Ni el primero ni el último”.

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Everything happened in Chiapas

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Photograph by MEVM: “La abuela Isabel y Renato" 2014 (63x40cm).

As a contemporary artist what I try to reflect is the cultural and social context I live in, with the intention to give voice and provoke a dialogue and consciousness about the issues we face as a country and at the same time to highlight the Marvelous Mexico we owe (Well, almost all of us)…

In this case, these photographs are inspired by everything that makes our beloved Mexico unique, that is, its culture, people and the way they earn an honest living. Then, the project “Everything happened in Chiapas” has this intention and counts on the valuable participation of the writer Yoana Vargas Magaña who interprets the artwork with her magical and realistic short stories.

The titles are “La abuela Isabel y Renato” and “Es larga la espera”, in the first one the story is told by those wonderful feet from our people “We come in pair to hold only one and that one always lead us with the heart and the strenght we must have in this place in which we were destined to be born”, meanwhile in the second one a courageous migrant asks a special request to another migrant “Nothing that I said matters, the only thing that matters is to arrive and if not I ask you that at least my name does”.

Here's STORY No.1 in Spanish (I'm sorry my friends but translation is very difficult)…

 

STORY No.1 “La abuela Isabel y Renato”

Aquí se debe ser fuerte, no hay opción de lo contrario, el día empieza casi de noche y la noche no acaba hasta que es de día, el olor de mi madre verde lo vale, lo vale todo, se es libre de cosas que no entenderíamos y nos preocupan cosas que ustedes no entenderían. Nos aferramos a nuestra tierra como si estuviéramos enraizados, besamos nuestro suelo con cada caminar y algunas veces nos acercamos al suyo para poder conseguir eso que han creado para comprar lo creado por nosotros y que nos permite tener para comer.

Venimos en par para poder sostener sólo a uno y ese uno nos dirige siempre con el corazón y la fortaleza que se debe tener en este lugar en el que nos tocó nacer.

“Pies para qué los quiero si tengo alas para volar”… nosotros de caminos y huellas chiapanecas nunca entendimos esa frase… aquí siempre nos han necesitado.

Yoana Vargas Magaña

 

STORY No.2 was inspired by the following photograph and the courageous immigrants… 002_Fotografia_La_larga_espera_EDT

Photograph by MEVM: “Es larga la espera" 2014 (60x40cm).

STORY No.2 “Es larga la espera”

-Es larga la espera ¿verdad? Le pregunté con el afán de sentir un poco de compañía, es extraño sentirse tan solo y estar rodeado de tantos.

-Eso depende de lo que estés esperando.

No supe si sonreír o no. Había algo de incertidumbre en su respuesta, como si de pronto se refiriera a la muerte o quizás eran sólo mis ideas y el olor a muerte que ahí se respira.

Me dijo quién era, de dónde venía (un indocumentado documentándose conmigo y ¿para qué?), hasta me contó sus sueños y anhelos, cuando lo hacía un brillo en sus ojos me enseñaba cómo es el color de la esperanza, me pregunté si yo tendría esa mirada también.

-Mira este de la playera azul ya se durmió, es lo peor que puedes hacer, siempre son los primeros que la bestia escoge, a los que se duermen. Por un lado se podía ver la belleza de los colores del sur de México, por otro el horror y detrás sólo tierra y nuestro pasado entre ella.

Nada de lo que te he dicho importa, lo único que importa es llegar y si no es así te pido que por lo menos lo haga mi nombre.

Sólo acuérdate de mi nombre, si la espera se vuelve corta para mí.

Yoana Vargas Magaña

 

And STORY No.3 will be inspired by the photograph "Timo y Mimo". At this time it's under construction and doesn't have a title yet, but I'm sure it will be awesome (So, please Yoana you must hurry up!)…003_Fotografia_Timo_y_Mimo_EDT

Photograph by MEVM: “Timo y Mimo" 2014 (60x40cm).

 

This is the exhibition of the photographs along other amazing artists at the 2° Encuentro Contemporáneo de Artes Plásticas Sur-Sureste at the Museo Regional de Antropología Carlos Pellicer Cámara.

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With my friends at the art exhibition in the city of Villahermosa, Tabasco.

I really hope you liked the photographs and this publication… thank you for stopping by…

Elena

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Photographs by: María Elena Vargas Magaña (MEVM)

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Marc Chagall

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Painting: “Marc Chagall" 2013 (100x100cm, acrylic on canvas).

 

Today is Day of the Dead and as a Mexican by birth and heart I dare to say that this is one of my favorite days of the year. Reason why, this November 2nd, that is, the All Souls Day, I would like to make a tribute to one special soul of the art world, the beloved artist Marc Chagall.

Since an early age Marc Chagall started to show a great capacity for invention, he used the violet color in such a way that challenged all known artistic laws and he had that self-taught quality that it’s the style of the true creative spirits.

“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love”. Marc Chagall

His destiny was a destiny formed by tests and one of the most difficult one was to leave his birth and beloved city, Vitebsk, which is present in most of his work.

(But tell me, who's an artist without love?)…

I would say it’s fundamental for inspiration, that’s why destiny had something amazing for him and in the fall of 1909 he met Bella Rosenfeld, his muse. In his autobiography "My Life", Chagall described his first encounter with Bella: "Her silence is mine, her eyes mine. It is as if she knows everything about my childhood, my present, my future, as if she can see right through me". His passion for not only her beauty but her strength is visible in his portraits of her.

Marc Chagall is known as the painter who brought back poetry to painting…

Taking into account what Time magazine published in 1965 “without him the modern art history would be superficially cold”.

Just a curious note to finish this post, the painting you see here was inspired first of all by the artist himself, his life and his amazing and poetic work.

 

Posing with my painting inspired by the green-faced man Marc Chagall… (“No one is a prophet in his land, but you Marc Chagall proved the contrary and you hold your beloved city Vitebsk in your hand”).

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Self-portrait, 2013.

Thank you for visiting this ArtBLOG…

Elena

Reference:

Guerman, M., Forestier, S. and Wigal, D., CHAGALL Vitebsk-París-Nueva York, Traducción de Daniel Suárez, México: Númen, 2006. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/07/happy-birthday-marc-chaga_n_1655067.html

 

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño

Photographs by: MEVM

 

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Yoana and the revelation of Mr. Right (Part 2)

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Photograph: “Old times" 2014.

If you ask me, how I would prefer photographs to be edited, whether color or black-and-white, I would totally say that I’m a black-and-white photography fan. 

(But why?)… Well, for me it’s simple, any black-and-white photograph looks so creative, amazingly artistic and spectacularly beautitul… (but that’s only for me).

Now tell me… How about you?, What kind of photographs do you like better?

(Getting back to the point)… For this publication it’s an honor to introduce someone you might know or might not, but here you will have the chance to do so, and specially because he’s a talented photographer and maybe you just didn’t know it…

Please Elena less introduction and more action!…

Ok, ok!, here it goes then…

I now present the gallery of Simone Di Santo with Yoana Vargas as a model and my painting “Yoana and the revelation of Mr. Right” as the background theme.

We hope you like it!

 

When I saw the photograph “Revelation of the light"  I was in shock because for me it represents the perfect contrast between black and white, and also the composition is unexpected… (what a great result! and I think it's my favorite from the gallery).

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Photograph: “Revelation of the light" 2014

 

This next photograph is a tribute to René Magritte, the genious painter, and to one of his most famous paintings “This is not a pipe”, which means that it’s not a physical pipe but just only an image or representation of a pipe. So, if he had said “This is a pipe”, then he would have been lying… (Confusing but at the same time fascinating!!!)

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Photograph: “These are not three Yoanas" 2014.

 

What is a border, a limit or an interface? Well, this picture exposes these terms by separating and at the same time connecting Yoana and the real Yoana

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Photograph: “There’s a line between you and the real me" 2014.

 

It’s incredible how the photographs talk for themselves…

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Photograph: “Are these two neckties?" 2014.

 

Thank you Simone for your amazing photographs, what a talent you have!…

And as always, thank you for passing by…

Elena

 

Creative support by: Yoana Vargas Magaña

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño Jarquin

Photographs by: Simone Di Santo

I would like to thank Liverpool Store at Galerías Tabasco 2000, Villahermosa, Tabasco to make the photo shooting possible, as well as the support from the following staff members: Petrona Cruz Gallego, Javier Eduardo Montes and Miguel Ángel Pérez.

 

Liverpool

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Yoana and the revelation of Mr. Right

IMG_3175_EDT2Painting “Yoana and the revelation of Mr. Right” 2014 (120x90cm, acrylic on canvas).

As an artist I’m inspired by other artists, that is, painters, sculptors, writers and photographers. Among my favorite painters you can find Picasso, Matisse, Rousseau, Van Gogh, Kirchner, Chagall, Kahlo and Lichtenstein, but there’s one in particular that made a big impact on me when I saw his painting “The Empire of Light II” at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.

(Who is it then?)…

The answer is René Magritte, one of a kind artist, a painter-philosopher who thought in images, moving from fantastic idea to fantastic idea with apparently playful light-heartedness [1]. Now, let me tell you that for me, no painting at the MOMA compares to the mystery evoked by the painting a mentioned above (really! I was so excited that I wanted to cry).

(So…) The painting “Yoana and the revelation of Mr. Right” is a tribute to this magnificent artist and at the same time to my artist-writer sister, who also fell in love with Magritte’s work.

(But, does this painting have a meaning?)… Well, this question can be answered by the following words by René Magritte;

“Visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, 'What does that mean?'. It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable.“

(Who is this Mr. Right I talk about in this painting?)…

The only thing I’m sure about is that this person, this man who is Mr. Right will be soon revealed, or at least that’s the hope I have. (to be continued…)

 

Now, WELCOME to the backstage photo shooting gallery!

I took the photos while Simone Di Santo was working with Yoana(not that bad or what do you think?).IMG_2854_EDT

Yoana looking very professional in her charaterization.

I have to admit that once in while I interrupted Simone’s work because he ususally said to me “Elena, please move a little bit because you are appearing in the photo” (Ups!)IMG_2860_EDT

The talented photographer working hard.

Breathe Yoana, breathe! We know it’s a lot of work, but it’s totally worth it.IMG_2845_EDT

Yoana feeling relaxed.

We had the complete support from the staff members of Liverpool Store at Galerías Tabasco 2000, they helped a lot by letting us use the Men's Fitting Rooms and by bringing the right suit’s size for Yoana (although men’s clothes are big, even the smallest size!)…IMG_2850_EDT

Photo by MEVM: “The thinker”, 2014.

A planned day for us  (Yoana, Simone and I) turned out to be an UNEXPECTED day for the people working at the store, who told us “These things never happen here!”IMG_2872_EDTAfter trying several rooms for the photo shooting we ended up in the biggest one.

 

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Just checking the work done.

The model also wanted to contribute with her selfie… (remember that this painitng is part of the project “This is not a selfie” to be exhibited next 2015 in Villahermosa, Tabasco).IMG_2925_EDT

Yoana’s selfie.

I hope you liked this publication, and for next one you will see the artistic gallery by Simone Di Santo!!!

Thank you for visiting this site,

Elena

 

Reference 

[1] Weidemann, C., Nippe, C. 50 MODERN ARTISTS YOU SHOULD KNOW. Munich, Germany: Prestel Verlag, 2010. pp. 90-91.

Creative support by: Yoana Vargas Magaña

Web page created by: Jonathan Nuño Jarquin

Photographs by: María Elena Vargas Magaña (MEVM)

I would like to thank Liverpool Store at Galerías Tabasco 2000, Villahermosa, Tabasco to make the photo shooting possible, as well as the support from the following staff members: Petrona Cruz Gallego, Javier Eduardo Montes and Miguel Ángel Pérez.

Liverpool

 

 

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