Yishai Jusidman and Cuauhtémoc Medina


Artist Yishai Jusidman and curator Cuauhtémoc Medina share the stage to discuss the works in and curatorial premise of the exhibition Prussian Blue—a recent series of extraordinary paintings by Jusidman exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (through March 25, 2018) and organized by Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City.

Mexican painter Yishai Jusidman (Mexico City, 1963) has devoted his recent work to an extremely thorny problem: can we rework the memory of the Shoa in relation to the materiality of painting? With notable subtlety, Jusidman reworked images of carceral spaces and gas chambers, painting them with Prussian blue paint. The pesticide employed by the Nazis in the gas chambers at concentration and extermination camps left stains of Prussian blue in the walls of the gas chambers in camps such as Majdanek and Stutthof in Poland. In conversation with curator Cuauhtémoc Medina, Jusidman will discuss what is the place of color in the darkest of memories of modern European history, and which is the role of painting in the construction of social memory well beyond the debate around the prohibition of images.

Yishai Jusidman: Prussian Blue is curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina, chief curator and Virginia Roy, curator, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City. The presentation at YBCA is organized by Lucía Sanromán, director of visual arts, YBCA.

This program is presented by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Untitled VIP guests will be recognized with complimentary admission to the museum throughout the course of the fair.