Claudia Peña Salinas
Teotihuacan III, 2018
Brass, dyed cotton and found objects
120 x 144 inches
presented by CURRO
Based on processes of research, collection and travel, Peña Salinas manages to synthesize and recontextualize Mesoamerican knowledge in conjunction with modernist and contemporary structures, exercising a decolonial approach to art history. The hanging piece, with a gradient between blue-green and white, hybridizes sculptural, pictorial and architectural attributes, but also works as a curtain of time and space through the various objects at each end of the threads. If previously the indigenous people worshiped the deities of water and fertility with precious stones such as jade, now these objects take on the contemporary nature of glass bottle fragments, plastic caps, and other discarded artifacts found on walks within the limits of the Teotihuacan archaeological zone and the town near it. Thus, Peña Salinas reorganizes these elements, giving them new meanings and expanding the interpretations and associations of this knowledge, relating modern and minimalist lines with Aztec and Teotihuacan mythology.