67 York Street Gallery will showcase Cortes' New Collection 17/18 of ceramics in an installation that highlights Cortes’ profound evolution since the Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholar showcase last year. Her new collection provokes powerful personal responses and as inspired more formal responses ranging from dance to spoken word.
Challenging the distinction between “crafts” and “specialist artistic disciplines” and defying notions that separate art from science, Cortes also forms key creative cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaborations:
• Japanese Butoh master, Marie-Gabrielle Rotie has choreographed a curated response to MITLA, debuting on 30 October
• On 3 November, Cortes and archaeologist Kathleen Faccia will address, “Bone and Stone”
• These events are part of a series at Regent’s University, Making Meaning, which centres on themes that both inform and arise from Cortes’ work
Industrial designer and ceramicist Fernanda Cortes says: “I’m pleased to share my new collection, to have the opportunity to celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead here. London’s diversity inspires me to appreciate my roots more, and to honour this unique Mexican tradition that brings identity far from home.”
Experience MITLA in Marylebone from 30 October and 4 November, 10am-6pm, at 67a York Street, London, W1H 1QB.
Register for the programme of events at Regent’s University on 30 October and 2 and 3 November, and the opening reception at 67 York Street Gallery on 01 November: http://www.medesthai.eventbrite.co.uk/
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MITLA would not have been possible without The Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholarship (2014-2016). Fernanda Cortes and Medesthai are grateful for the collaborations made possible through the Embassies of Japan and Mexico in London, and for the support of our hosts at 67 York Street Gallery and Regent's University.