Mexico 2018: Art and Culture Confronting the Country’s Challenges

Conference, seminar and concert
Glendon College, York University
Friday, October 27, 11.00 a.m.

Mexico is experiencing one of the most difficult periods of its modern history. Human rights, governability, corruption, security, inequality, education, health, the environment, justice, and bilateral relations with the United States: all these are aspects of national life about which different national and international organizations, media outlets, academics and civil society are raising their voices in warning.

At the same time, Mexico is said to be a global power in symbolic and intangible terms, whose cultural diversity and artistic and intellectual production are expressed with great vitality in a wide variety of languages, media and forms, and that in this respect the country is internationally acknowledged and acclaimed.

On Friday, October 27 at York University’s Glendon College, a colloquium will be offered that seeks to push beyond political, party and ideological affiliations in an effort to answer some of the following questions:

  • Do art and culture hold political capital in Mexico?
  • What spaces do they open up, what kinds of dialogue do they introduce, what languages do they facilitate for the conception and development of a shared world?
  • What challenges or resistance to they pose to the established power structures?
  • What alternatives of subjectivity and citizenship do they propose?

This day of reflection will include talks by Gustavo Ogarrío, Claudio Palomares, Ramiro Armas Austria, Martin Boyd, Ximena Berecochea and Giuliana Dal Piaz, as well as the launch of the new book by Mexican-Canadian author Martha Bátiz, and a concert of Mexican chamber music performed by the guitarist Pablo Gómez.

This event is sponsored by the México Contémporaneo Foundation, Glendon College/York University, the Mexican Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID) and the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto. Admission is free.

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