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Bikini Wax EPS & Blake Shaw. 2017. © AKI AORA

AKI AORA 2017 Edition 1
Public Programme - January 20th - 22nd 2017, Tulum.

AKI AORA is an annual artist residency in Tulum, Mexico founded by artist Sally Montes who grew up in the area. Over several weeks each resident artist is invited to select and explore areas of the local community or history and generate projects that include some form of collaboration between Quintana Roo’s local industries, communities, and workers in the creation of their work. This engagement with the local community is vital to the residency.

In its first edition, AKI AORA invited artists and speakers to participate, the invited artists were John Arnold (EU), Blake Shaw (EU), Paloma Contreras Lomas and Jose Rodrigo Garcia (MEX) from Bikini Wax, Jacob Kirkegaard (DK), Sally Montes (MEX), Baby Vulture (MEX) and as the invited guest speaker, Robin Kahn (EU). The live performances were by Baby Vulture (MEX), Superpoze (FR), and Damian Romero (MX).


Bikini Wax EPS & Blake Shaw. 2017. © AKI AORA


Superpoze at Aki Aora closing event party live at Papaya Playa. 2017. © AKI AORA