NM Contemporáneo, presents Cisco Jiménez in ZONA MACO 2018, a visual artist whose work is somewhat controversial due to its provocative content. This project, called Radiograbadoras de Barro (clay tape recorders), took two years to complete, this project is a collaboration with Nahuas artisan women from the regions of San Agustín Oapan in the state of Guerrero and the town of Cuentepec in the state of Morelos. The project resignifies craft processes and creates a dialogue between the discourse of contemporary art and the production, distribution and sale of popular art in these regions. The clay crafts that these populations produce have been threatened due to the migration to the United States and the great cities of Mexico, also to the little importance and market that currently has the popular art of the indigenous populations and the abandonment of the countryside and other processes of subsistence and cultural resistance. By choosing the tape recorder as a symbol and an icon between both contexts, it is possible to create a bridge of reciprocity, although this device is already disused and obsolete, it has a great life in the unconscious and the collective nostalgia of the cities, in the countryside it was the desired object and one of the first things sent by the peasants who went illegally to the United States. In a friendly and trustful exchange between the artist and the artisans, the artist gives them copies of their drawings and sketches of these tape recorders and the rest of the realization and conception is theirs, they have all the freedom to reinterpret and modify the designs and drawings of the artist as a way to appropriate and personalize them, the result is always surprising and unexpected. In this process the theme of violence in Guerrero is incorporated with visual and objective reasons. It is important to clarify that these works are a collaboration and at all times the corresponding authorship and context credits are given.
Cisco Jiménez, born in Cuernavaca in 1969; He studied at the Regional Institute of Fine IRBAC from 1980 to 1983, later took industrial design at the UAM, Mexico City. In 1991 he traveled to New York to the Art Students League to study with the teacher Bruce Dorfman and in 1993 he studied engraving techniques in Cuernavaca with the teacher José Manuel Springer, in 2001 he was invited to collaborate with Jimmie Durham in the 49th edition of the Venice Biennale, Italy. Currently, he has more than 50 solo and group exhibitions held in Mexico, the United States, Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as being part of more than 20 collections around the world.