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Gold for mirrors

The title of the exhibition automatically evokes the first formal exchange between the Spanish and the indigenous Mesoamerica. The Indians were “cheated” for the first time, when they exchanged their gold for the Spaniards mirrors.
The Presidential Bed. Centerpiece prepared in an oval shaped “carpet of corn,” consists of a carved mahogany bed, which combines both Spanish, and Mexican iconography. Approximately 2000 iron nails that reproduce the topography of Mexico cover the surface, or alleged mattress.
The Presidential Chair. Is a version of the Mexican presidential chair, but instead of the cushioned seat, there is a toilet mounted on a circle formed with Mexican land.
The three México’s. An iron cross partially covered by a cement base from where statuettes in the form of pre-Columbian iconography emerge. The metal cross serves as foundation for a modernist pillar that begins to cover the statuettes, and the cross itself creating a new history.
Gold for mirrors. Wooden text covered with a gold leaf, and chronologically arranged initiating the sentence with the oldest typography, on to the most modern. The text is installed on the wall over rectangular mirrors, forcing viewers to look at themselves while they read. The piece reads: “Gold for mirrors in the eyes of a Mexico that has yet to learn to look at itself.”
Caoba/Chechan. A transportation box made of tropical woods from southeast México: mahogany, chechen. The box is mounted on two sawhorses and it denotes the Aztec treasure. Four deities made of cement serve as guardians of the treasure resting at the legs of each sawhorse. The box is empty emphasizing the natural resources as the real treasure looted by the Spanish conquest.
Exhibit comprised of five sculptural installations, originally mounted in Los Angeles, California before the 2000 presidential elections of Mexico