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ARCO Madrid    13. Feb - 17. Feb 2013


Wien Lukatsch presents

MARIANA CASTILLO DEBALL at ARCO Madrid 2013
with the project Tudela in a Chinelo Suit

13–17 February 2013 | booth 8H32

The Codice Tudela or Codice del Museo de América is a colonial pictorial document from the first half of the XVI century, it consists of 119 pages painted by tlacuiloque or indigenous scribes, and commented years after in Spanish language by a European. The Codice Tudela is unique because of its eclectic mixture of styles, commentaries and time intervals. As a document it functions as a palimpsest in a pivotal moment in the history of Mexico when new identities and ways to understand the world started to emerge. A moment nonetheless violent, tragic and intense, the Codice Tudela depicts and describes through different voices the traditions, celebrations and rituals of pre-Columbian México. The presentation in Arco consists on a series of chinelo costumes based on the images of the Codice Tudela. These costumes are still used in Mexico for diverse festivities and rituals.

Los Chinelos: During the colony, the Spaniards realized splendid parties for the carnival, where the indigenous and mestizo population was not invited. As a satire, the segregated casts started to celebrate parties as a parody of the white people; for that they used pink masks with a prominent bearded chin, and exaggerated costumes with ornaments made out of cheap materials. The Chinelo “jump” is a traditional dance still realized in various towns in the state of Morelos, Mexico during carnival. The dancers have an exaggerated suit depicting traditional, pagan and popular images. The presentation in Arco will include a series of drawings and sample textiles from these suits made especially in Mexico and based on the images and text of the Codice Tudela.

Please visit also the group exhibition in Madrid with a work by Mariana Castillo Deball "Arqueologica", Matadero, Madrid, Curated by Virginia Torrente

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