El fin de la Mar Caribe (The End of the Caribbean Sea)

a project by Paloma Ayala & Javier Dragustinovis

September 26th, 2019, 6 pm 

Exhibition also open on Friday 27.09., 2-7pm

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For this event, artists Paloma Ayala (MX) and Javier Dragustinovis (MX) will present their recent project "El fin de la Mar Caribe" which consists of an installation, a video and a publication. 

Intrigued by a particular turquoise color that seems to be very popular among the people of Matamoros (northern Mexico), Paloma and Javier began an investigation that started from a color and led into the complexity of migration in Mexico. Both artists are native of Matamoros and began this project in July 2019, when they had the opportunity to explore the city and its surroundings together. 

In their own words:

"Matamoros is a city that ‘officially’ marks the end of the imagination of Mexico, but affectively, demographically and culturally joins with Brownsville, Texas, in a longer united History developed over generations of immigrants settled in the Valley of the Bravo/Río Grande river.

The title “The End of the Caribbean Sea” reflects on the cultural wish to belong to the south perceived in certain aesthetics of the city and the green-blueish color that characterizes it. We revise the influences of Central American and afro-descendent community music and dances. We look at the now decadent spaces that were the entertainment centers of the dying XX Century, where the Texmex and “Tropical” music genres arose. And we explore that ideal color of the sea, the Gulf, which for us expresses also a yearning for a softer, less violent urban environment, just like the rythms created in the region."

Paloma & Javi