Made In Mexico, Showcased In London
On 4th July 2013, the Chairman of the National Council for Culture and the Arts of Mexico, Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, and the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries of the United Kingdom, Edward Vaizey, signed a joint declaration to hold a Dual Year between Mexico and the United Kingdom in 2015. Thus, last year London celebrated “The Year of Mexico” and the repercussions of which can still be felt across the fields of arts, textiles and collectables across London.
“The Year of Mexico” celebrations saw the launch of the second edition of “Shaped in Mexico” a free exhibition which brought together over 150 works by 32 international artists in a variety of mediums, all originating from or inspired by Mexico. Among those invited was Pilar Enrich a Mexican artist who has been based in London for the last 20 years and who was responsible for the opening of the Mexican gallery “Room 27” in the National Gallery.
Mexican Artists Painting The Town Red
The effects of “The Year of Mexico” can still be felt across the city of London, especially in the borough of Hackney, where some of Mexico’s greatest street artists namely Said Dokins, Acaro, Libre HEM, Fusca and Mazatl among others were invited to let their creativity flow.
The Return of The Rebozo
This summer the Fashion & Textile Museum in London will explore Mexican culture through textiles, with the rebozo, a Mexican shawl made famous by 20th century artist icon Frida Kahlo. As well as rebozos on display on loan from major textile institutions in Mexico, the Made In Mexico exhibition will showcase artwork from important contemporary British and Mexican artists in response to classic Mexican textiles.
With the popularity of Mexican textiles and collectables, niche shops like House of Guadalupe and Milagros selling handmade Mexican products such as cement floor tiles, recycled glassware and folk art have been able to thrive in London.