Magazine article Artforum International

Adriana Lara

Magazine article Artforum International

Adriana Lara

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1 MARIA DANIELA Y SU SONIDO LASSER Formed in 2003 by Emilio Acevedo and Maria Daniela, this Mexico City-based electropop duo was, at least at first, too quirky for the Mexican music industry. In recent years, though, Maria Daniela YSSL's frenetic "live" dance music has gained a cult following, as 2007 track "Pobre Estupida" has become a veritable anthem at local gay nightclubs. But my favorite song of theirs is still probably "Asesthe a mi novio" (I Murdered My Boyfriend), for which a fan made a crazy over-the-top video with a gory montage of the Japanese anime series Dokuro-chan.

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2 NACHO LOPEZ AND LIVIA CORONA Two Mexican photographers recording their country, half a century apart: Through the lens of Nacho Lopez (1923-1986), we see a culture beset by wrenching change (rapid industrialization in the 1950s giving rise to the government's increasingly authoritarian rule). With Livia Corona (b. 1975), we're presented with the shocking extremes that era engendered: on the one hand, the sprawling tract housing of Ixtapaluca, built without concern for its residents' basic needs (sufficient water, adequate sewage, schools, hospitals); on the other, the incredibly rich, such as philanthropist Carlos Slim Hail, depicted by Corona flanked by his old masters.

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3 GALERIA DO ROCK, SAO PAULO During a recent trip to Brazil, my friend and I were taken on a guided tour of Galeria do Rock, the seven-story Oscar Niemeyer-style temple to teenage mall culture, which houses some 180 music stores, skate shops, tattoo parlors, etc. Ditching the group, we snuck up to the top floor--which was supposedly off-limits--only to find the most amazing exhibition: a dust-covered (and, as far as we could tell, untitled) room full of art inspired by American rock culture. Who knows exactly when the show was installed (or abandoned), but with mixed-media psychedelic shrines and tributes to Pink Floyd and The Catcher in the Rye, no doubt it would have been a blockbuster had it toured.

4 SAM FRANCIS AND BRIGITTE FONTAINE Like a real-life version of Nick Nolte's character in Martin Scorsese's short for New York Stories (1989), the late painter Sam Francis appears as the original success-addled AbEx genius in Jeffrey Perkins's thoughtful 2010 biopic of the artist. No less true to form, though a world apart, is Brigitte Fontaine reflecting on life and love in the video for her 2009 song "Prohibition." On this track, the seventy-something Fontaine expresses, with incredible lucidity, her explicitly antiauthoritarian attitude toward (and fear of) aging, singing, "Je suis vielle et je vous encule / Avec mon look de libellule / Je suis vielle, sans foi ni loi / Si je meurs, ce sera de joie" (I am old, fuck you / With my dragonfly looks / I am old and lawless / If I die, it will be of joy).

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5 CATS AT SANTIAGUITO AND NO FUTURE/NO PAST Since its 1981 debut, Cats has been officially translated into more than ten languages and performed thousands of times all over the world. In 2007, the musical was staged as a recreational activity and public program at the reformatory in Santiaguito, Mexico, where it was documented by the artist Diego Berruecos. If I were to curate an exhibition, I'd include his images beside Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz's film installation play No Future/No Past, 2011, in which five musician-contemporary artists embodying as many punk icons create similarly weird displacements--of authority, time, hierarchy, and audience--effectively negating the creed "No future," as they bring into the present such formative subjects from their pasts. …

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