Citizen of myself & El espanto de Tonalli
Presented by 6METROScuadrados
artists: Mario Wandu and Cuaco Navarro

opening 09. 11. 2023 um 18:00
Performance by Mario Wandu um 19:00 Uhr

Ausstellung: vom 09.11. bis zum 14.11.2023 von 11:00 bis 19:00 Uhr

Free entrance

Artists Mario Wandu and Cuaco Navarro have been individually researching and working on the projects Citizen of myself and El espanto de Tonalli. After a residency in eindorf, the artists will create a structure of coexistence between the two artistic processes and manifest it in an exhibition.
Citizen of myself is an experiment by Cuaco Navarro about the experiential processes that his neurodivergent and racialised body faces daily to the stimuli and impressions of the city, seen as a living entity not only from the aspect of the urban but also from the social (urbitas and civitas).On the other hand, in El espanto de Tonalli, Mario Wandu uses Tonalli’s concept of indigenous Nahua to reflect on the structural and systemic uncertainty and violence suffered by victims of C-19 in Mexico and the rest of the world.

Mario and Cuaco have worked together for many years under the name of the collective Save the Artist, both as artists and curators. Citizen of myself & El espanto de Tonalli is part of the project 6METROScuadrados, initiated and curated by artist Guadalupe Aldrete in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute in Vienna.

Image credits: Save the Artists

Mario Wandu
(Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico 1989)
Visual artist, he has exhibited his work nationally in group exhibitions in spaces such as Guadalajara90210 (GDL) Radio 29 Cs (CDMX) Feria Material Vol. 8 CDMX MURA (GDL) Museo de la Ciudad (GDL) Salón Demetria (GDL) and in solo exhibitions at Artere-A Y (GDL) Museo Insular (SMA GTO).
He is a curator and educator. Some of his important curatorial and management projects are: Happy Lanscape for Feria Material, Malos Artistas for FIAC, Queer as German Folk + La Okupa Cuir and Geniale Dilettanten for BEZIRK and Goethe-Institut, Festival Androgina for Museo Cabañas, Cyclepedia for Bicycle Film Festival, as well as UNFLUX FEST and the international performance show Arte Acción, for SalaVeinte22. Space where he worked as a curator.
Mario was coordinator of the research for the Museological Plan of Globo Museo de la Niñez, Educator of Museo Cabañas and member of the editorial board of Periódico Mural.
He is co-author and co-curator of „Save The Artist“, „Laboratorio de Arte San Juan de Dios“, „Downtown Extitución“, „La Voz Floripondia“, „Astilla Arte Actual“ and „Manifiesta México“.
Mario has had the support and recognition of:
-Feria de Arte Material in 2021and 2022.
-Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo in 2020.
-Grodman Award from the Fundación Universidad de Guadalajara in 2019.
-Project 2019
-PACMyC 2017
-PECDA, 2017 and 2013

Cuaco Navarro
(Guadalajara, Jal.1982)
Visual artist and creator of contemporary art content, he works with mediums such as drawing, photography, installation, video and actions. His work leans towards the processual with nihilistic, sarcastic, critical and contemplative themes. He has made site-specific interventions, as well as exhibitions nationally and internationally for both institutions and independent spaces.
He is a teacher of arts and humanities and creator of workshops on current art topics, he has developed curatorial works such as „Unflux“ 2012, „Follow me“ 2014, and „Casual Cruelty“, „Calzada Libertad“ 2015 „Save the artist“ 2018, La Okupa Cuir 2019. „After party“ 2021 „Happy Landscape“ „Stems and Pentagrams“ „Mas alla de lo Natural“ 2022 „Splash“ and „Nadie Aterriza“ 2023 for the fair Material. He has done scenography, art direction, artist registration, illustrations for independent publishers and collaboration with musicians and sound artists.
Director of Astilla Arte Actual virtual space dedicated to the management, promotion and creation of site-specific content, co-author of LASJDD Art-Education project, collaborator of „Letters to a young photographer“ mail-art project between children from the state of Hidalgo and Guadalajara, Creator of Save the artist, a processual piece of welfare performance that hosts and produces projects by other artists. He is a grantee of PECDA CONACULTA 2013 and 2017, PACMyC 2013 and Proyecta GDL, 2015, 2018, PAC 2020 and Material Art Fair 2021. He is currently studying the Master of Lifelong Learning in Arts and Artistic Professions at UC3M-CBA.