SITAC Nodes: Bajío | pollinating the territory

As part of its SITAC Program, the Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo (PAC) presents SITAC Nodos: Bajío | Pollinating the territory, which will take place from September 29 to October 1, 2022 at different venues in the capital of San Luis Potosí. The Nodes are itinerant meetings made up of workshops, conferences and visits to artistic spaces, activities that together seek to promote exchange and cultural production from various regions of the country. After five editions focused on cities (Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Mérida and Tijuana), the Bajío Node appeals to a broader territory and summons professionals from the field of contemporary art to establish collaboration networks.

The SITAC Nodos Bajío content committee is made up of artists Gilberto López Elías, professor at the University of Guanajuato; Rodrigo Meneses, professor at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí; and Ana Quiroz, professor at the Instituto Allende. Christian Gómez Vega, content coordinator at the PAC, participated as an interlocutor.

In this event, it is proposed to establish a bridge between San Luis Potosí and Guanajuato, key entities in the construction of the Mexican national state and that today share a complex scenario as industrial corridors crossed by migratory processes, drug trafficking and violence. Given these circumstances, the committee proposed to discuss how to promote “pollination” processes between artistic practices and productions from and for the Bajío, a region that has provided fundamental names for the course of visual arts in our country.

The activities designed for this occasion include a meeting of self-managed projects, three workshops and a public conversation; In addition, the Bajío Node will have a parallel program of visits to artistic exhibition spaces. The public is invited to register no later than September 15 with a letter of reasons to the email PAC@PAC.ORG.MX

The Nodo Bajío workshops will be facilitated by the Spanish artist Iztiar Okariz, who has explored experimental models in artistic pedagogy; the curator, researcher and teacher Carmen Cebreros Urzaiz, who will address the problem of centralization in the artistic field; and the curator and visual artist Leonardo Ramírez, with extensive experience as a manager in the Bajío.

To guide the meeting, the committee proposed addressing questions that go through a large part of the artistic processes that take place in the region: how to achieve the visibility of contemporary artistic projects in the face of the preponderance of centralism?, how to pollinate art practices, disseminate forms of participation and self-management projects? How to expand, tighten or rethink the spectrum of collaboration between public, private, self-managed and citizen instances? How to achieve continuity in self-management projects and generate links between the tasks artists from other regions?, among others.

As a space for dialogue, the Bajío Node will start from the recognition among peers, as well as the collective establishment and approach of concerns around contemporary visual arts in a specific context. Interested people are invited to participate in this conversation.

The activity program of SITAC Nodos: Bajío | Pollinating the territory is possible and free participation thanks to the support of our sponsors: Grupo Altex, EVA, Fundación AXA México, Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Estudio Herrera; as well as our alliance with Fundación FEMSA’s Art and Culture, through Difusión y Fomento Cultural, A.C., which on this occasion encourages the participation of directors from the Monterrey and Tijuana Nodes, as well as projects from Zacatecas and Morelia, for the sake of to enrich the exchanges that will take place in this space for dialogues and workshops.

Find the complete program at WWW.SITAC.ORG/NODOS/BAJIO