The artistic community of Mérida and its distinguished members bring their art, to help us transform our thoughts with their work is inspiration for the people of Yucatan, said Mayor Renán Barrera Concha when inaugurating the “Rostros de Mérida” exhibition, as part of the Merida Fest 2019.
Accompanied by the exhibiting artists Rosario Guillermo, Jorge Cortés Ancona and Jesús and Miguel Peraza Menéndez, the mayor inaugurated the temporary exhibitions “Órigo“, “Forms and Reminiscences” and “Amanecer del Arte yucateco 1915-1950“, which host 160 works in the rooms of the Cultural Center of Mérida Olimpo.
“These exhibitions privilege Mérida as a cultural space, where we all have participation in the creation of projects, that is why we recognize in our Mérida Fest the memory, the heritage and the essence of our culture,” stressed Barrera Concha.
The exhibition includes paintings, engravings, sculptures, books, magazines and photographs and is part of the 477 years of the city’s history.
25 clay pieces are on display as part of work of renowned sculptor Rosario Guillermo. She is the only artist who uses this material as her main source of work and, as the artist explained in her speech, with her creations she seeks to recover the historical roots of clay.
The “Amanecer del Arte yucateco 1915-1950” exhibition (“Dawn of the Yucatan Art 1915-1950”) includes pieces made by both teachers and students from the School of Fine Arts, as well as by some artists active at the time such as Don Alfredo Barrera Vásquez, including works related to the Peninsular Ateneo period.
“The best way to continue celebrating Mérida is having the clear conviction that culture is also based on our values and our behavior as citizens,” Renán Barrera expressed.
He invited all the people of Mérida to join the Merida Fest and enjoy the activities offered in the different artistic spaces.
In turn, the director of Culture, Irving Berlin Villafaña, stressed that the Mérida Fest recognizes the work of local artists and pays homage to exemplary citizens who help to reflect and bring new audiences with a high quality artistic offer .
“This festival has a multicultural approach that recognizes the roots of our different cultures and also acknowledge the multiple work of all artistic disciplines in order to attract a greater diversity of audiences,” Berlin Villafaña said.
After the opening ceremony, authorities, exhibitors and guests toured the different exhibition halls.
The Secretary of Culture and Arts of the Government of the State of Yucatán, Érica Millet Corona, also attended the event that took place on Wednesday Jan 23rd; the Consul General of Cuba in Yucatan, Campeche and Q. Roo, Barbara Nancy González Juárez; the councilor Karla Salazar González, as well as professors Emilio Vera Granados and Emilio Torre Gamboa, and other distinguished members of the local artistic community.
TYT Newsroom with information from The State Secretariat of Culture