MERIDA — In order to highlight the importance of the urban and historical architectural heritage of the city of Mérida, the Santa Lucía Cultural Center from the Peninsular Center in Humanities and Social Sciences (CEPHCIS, UNAM) will present the installation “Una Mirada a la Mérida Colonial” by the visual artist Gemma Ruiz Espinosa in collaboration with the Greart Plastic and Fine Arts Workshop from August 4 to September 14, 2017.
The importance of the rescue of the patrimony arises from appreciating its value as a testimony of the mixture of different cultural phenomena, and its action as a cohesive element of the inhabitants of the city. In this sense, Ruiz Espinosa points out that “commercial buildings, housing, monuments and even archaeological sites, acquire the value of a living museum”.
The artist, who graduated from the UADY Visual Arts Degree, presents this installation composed of 39 pieces, after investigating the state of the neighborhoods that make up the Center of the city. “The center of Merida is one of the most important and large in Mexico, and includes the so-called colonial neighborhoods: Santa Ana, Santa Lucia, Santiago, San Juan, San Sebastián, where are located the Hermitage of Santa Isabel, San Cristobal and La Mejorada.”
In this sense, Ruiz Espinosa presents a photographic installation of her own, accompanied by a pictorial exhibition with the co-author of 12 students of the Great Plastic and Fine Arts Workshop, to give her vision of the Historic Center of the city of Merida, painting facades and doors, to raise awareness of children, on the importance of preserving cultural heritage.
The work focuses on the neighborhoods of Santa Ana, Santiago and San Sebastián, which surround the central trace and spatially articulate the center of colonial origin with the modern periphery, all of them real estate that require attention for conservation, since many of them are deteriorated or totally abandoned.
The inauguration of the “Una Mirada a la Mérida Colonial” exhibition will take place on Friday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m., and will be open to the public until September 14 at the Santa Lucía’s Cultural Center, 60th street No. 469 x 53 and 55 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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