Francisco Toledo, “Duelo”

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Text credits: http://www.efe.com/efe/english/entertainment/plastic-artist-francisco-toledo-condemns-violence-in-mexico/50000264-2745444
Mexican plastic artist Francisco Toledo condemned the “shocking and terrible” violence in the country during the last few years but said he was hopeful the situation will improve.
“We don’t know what is going to happen in Mexico, if the violence will spread to all parts of the country or if it already has, I don’t know. But one says hopefully not, but we don’t know,” said Toledo in a press conference Thursday.
“With the violence, what has happened in Guerrero, in Michoacan and in Oaxaca itself is shocking, it’s a terrible thing,” he added.
The artist made several references to these states, among the worst hit by violence, although he stressed “there is a great deal of dissatisfaction throughout Mexico; there is injustice and also a lot of poverty.”
When questioned if he hopes the situation will improve in the future, Toledo responded: “Right now, I’ll say yes, I do.”
Francisco Toledo, 75, was present at the inauguration of his exhibition “Duelo” that is open to public between Oct.22 and Feb.28, 2016 in the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City.
He said the 95 works on display are part of a group of 150 of his most recent works, using high temperature ceramics produced during the last seven months.
Toledo admitted the indignation against the episodes of violence in the country served to help him reinvent himself, adding, “It is important to get indignant.”
Considered one of the greatest living Mexican artists, Toledo said in some of the exhibited pieces “there are characters wearing hats and some have the letter T, but it doesn’t stand for Toledo but Tlatlaya,” the municipality where 22 civilians were massacred by soldiers in June last year.
He explained his exhibition, inspired by and dedicated to the 43 students who disappeared in the municipality of Iguala in Guerrero in September 2014, is not just a reference to present-day violence but also to the violence witnessed in Oaxaca in earlier decades.
Visit the Francisco Toledo official site: http://www.franciscotoledo.net/

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Créditos del texto: http://www.museoartemoderno.com/toledo-duelo
Luchador social, ambientalista, promotor cultural, coleccionista y filántropo, Francisco Toledo (Juchitán, Oax., 1940) es ante todo un artista de excepción.
Desde los años 1980, Francisco Toledo no se había dedicado de lleno a la cerámica de alta temperatura. El centenar de piezas que presenta el MAM son de factura reciente; el autor las ha trabajado durante 2015 en el Taller Canela del maestro ceramista Claudio Jerónimo López en el Centro de las Artes de San Agustín (CaSa).
Estas obras reúnen las cualidades de color, textura, materiales e imágenes que identifican el trabajo de Toledo y lo elevan a nivel de excelencia. Desde el punto de vista estético, hoy su aportación más expresiva a la cerámica es la paleta de rojos subidos, contrastados con tonos grafitos y ocres, que confieren al conjunto un acento dramático.
Para Francisco Toledo, la expresión artística sirve también para contribuir a la justicia. En fechas relativamente recientes, ha incorporado de modo explícito a su obra temas de actualidad política: la conciencia ecológica, por ejemplo, en la serie de esculturas relativa a la lucha contra el maíz transgénico. Creador de su tiempo, en esta nueva serie se inspira en los 43 estudiantes desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa y en la violencia que padece nuestro mundo contemporáneo.

Visite el sitio oficial de Francisco Toledo: http://www.franciscotoledo.net/

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