Emma Molina Gallery is pleased to be presenting, “This stone, and the economic unconformity it represents, is the primary item of direct evidence of narcology”, by Sonoran artist Miguel Fernandez de Castro (b. 1986) at Zsona MACO 2016. In this project, for MACO Sur, the artist develops a series of recurring ideas in his ongoing investigation about the possibilities within the geological language to encourage a critical reflection about the erosion and sedimentation phenomenons in relation to the circulation processes and movement derived from drug trafficking in Northeastern Mexico. The installation –an extension of the publishing and repetition dynamics the artist creates using Instagram and Twitter –, consists of an array of texts and images in a non- linear sequence of historical and political events, and associated routes with which he is looking to develop a concept denominated as narcology, an apparently familiar but ambiguous notion in its epistemological construction. Fernandez de Castro analyses a territory that –since the Papagos people in Sonora, and their problematic relationship with the colonial ornamentation, until the digital circulation of the eroded image –, shows itself as fertile land to question diverse present-day economic processes. From routes used for the trafficking of ilegal commodity, to the event where this piece is being shown.
Miguel Fernández de Castro (Sonora, 1986), works with long term investigation projects that involve writing and visual arts. His work has been shown, among others, in Proyecto Paralelo (2015); Casa del Lago, UNAM (2015); y Museo de Arte Moderno de México (2014), all in Mexico DF; Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver (2013); Museum of Latin American Art, Los Ángeles (2013); ATEA, Mexico DF(2012/2013); Bikini Wax, Mexico DF (2013); Museo de San Ildefonso, Mexico DF (2013); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Monterrey (2012); The Collaborative-MoLAA, Los Ángeles (2012); Jaus Gallery, Los Ángeles (2011). He received the FONCA-Jóvenes Creadores (2011-2012) Fellowship. Got the Tierney Fellowship, New York (2010) and the adquisition price at the X Bienal FEMSA, Monterrey (2012). In 2012, he published the book El desplazamiento (t-e-e, Guadalajara) and in 2014 he developed the project/book A micro history of YouTube in Beirut during his residency at Home Workspace Program in Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon. He recently had a solo show, All accumulation is violent and commodity circulates better eroded, at Emma Molina Gallery, Monterrey (2015).