For the most recent edition of the series of Registries - undertaken by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey a decade ago -, the focus of attention returns to the metropolitan area of the capital of Nuevo León and its prolific artistic scene. This fourth edition acquires relevance when reviewing what a dozen contemporary artists produce today, marking a kind of diagnosis that simultaneously unites and differentiates them from the six artists who participated in the first edition.
What unites them all is undoubtedly the questioning of the immediacy of urban space, as well as the search for visual poetics and critical approaches to their reality. What distances them, on the other hand, is the vertiginous evolution of the world that has occurred in the last ten years, which has led to an unexpected reality, especially in the technological and media sphere. It is clear that the ones and the others, as well as the artists that were present in other editions of the "registers" and that in their moment expanded the focus of attention to other regions of the country, make up an incredibly vibrant generation that today resonates in the international field, putting Mexican art in a preponderant place.
It should be mentioned that any selection exercise that involves only ten artists from a very large and active community will necessarily incur omissions. It simply would not be possible to include everyone. For REGISTRY 05 several interests were investigated, establishing a kind of thematic constellation that becomes evident along the route.
Gonzalo Ortega, curator Some of the issues explored by the artists are: the construction of identities within the media culture; the socio-political reality of the country, and the questioning of the perception of the senses as opposed to the virtual world generated by databases on the internet. The change in narratives and media is dramatic with respect to what happened ten years ago.
Under the curatorship of Gonzalo Ortega, Register 05 / Enfocar la Mirada, presents a journey through 15 projects carried out by artists:
Alejandro Cartagena, Sofía Ayarzagoitia, María Fernanda Barrero, Paula Cortázar, Tahanny Lee Betancourt, Leo Marz, Daniel Pérez Ríos, Raúl Quintanilla, Mayra Silva and Ernesto Walker. This exhibition will be open to the public from June 22 to October 21, 2018.