AKI AORA 2019 3ª edición: AKA YA / HERE ALREADY
Programa público — 1-8 de marzo 2019, Tulum

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Esta edición estará a cargo de la artista Sally Montes y la co-curadora invitada de Londres Sasha Galitzine. Los artistas invitados para este año son Nabil Yanai, Liz Misterio y Unx del Colectivo Invasorix (México), Wendy Cabrera Rubio (México) y Josué Mejía (México), Fallen Fruit (Los Ángeles, Estados Unidos) y Sebastián Terrones (México). Entre los oradores y artistas del performance invitados al programa público se cuentan Esther Regueira (curadora, escritora, España), Alyssa Nitchun (curadora, escritora, Estados Unidos), Interspecifics / ‘Species Resiliens’ (artistas participante en AKI AORA 2018, México), Benjamin Lee Ritchie Handler (artista, Los Ángeles), S. Beckett Gookin, Cristo Zoe (Biólogo, México) y  Dr. Vicente Hernández Hernández (Astrofísico del Planetario Sayab de Playa del Carmen).

Esta edición: AKA YA proclama de manera asertiva que estamos “¡acá ya!”, una respuesta inmediata al AQUÍ y AHORA que el nombre AKI AORA ha implicado constantemente desde su primera edición en enero de 2017.

El nombre proviene de la palabra en español acá y ya, cuyo significado puede interpretarse como algo similar a “¡suficiente!”, como ocurre en la frase “¡ya basta!

Nuestro interés está en el cuestionamiento del desequilibrio sistémico que se ha manifestado en la región como un medio para entender el impacto y los desafíos que enfrentan cada vez más comunidades desplazadas.

Para la edición de 2019 invitamos a los artistas a considerar tácticas guerrilleras en su obra, así como el Antropoceno, con el fin de responder a la reciente expansión de violencia lenta e invisible que ha llegado con la promesa de crecimiento económico, progreso y “bienestar” implicada en marcas aspiracionales y de moda como el término “eco chic”, a la vez que perturban la biodiversidad de la región.


Artistas locales y emergentes, así como sus colaboradores, con un entendimiento de las complejidades del contexto investigarán las tensiones entre los locales y la inversión foránea que a su vez impacta el ambiente y respaldarán sus proyectos con investigaciones locales e históricas.

En términos militares, las tácticas guerrilleras implican a un grupo pequeño de insurgentes que suelen usar estrategias rudimentarias de contra resistencia para infiltrarse en el sistema. Nuestros artistas considerarán dichas tácticas para proporcionar una voz a las preocupaciones locales, utilizando colaboradores e investigaciones específicas del lugar con el fin de decodificar la poética y la estética de la disrupción e incluir y alentar la conversación entre el público.

Debido a la naturaleza de estos temas, el programa de la residencia se desarrollará con un enfoque en el espacio público. Nuestros artistas activarán el estadio local, el centro comunitario, la feria, el centro cultural comunitario, el mercado local y las calles frente y en torno al palacio municipal, y los usarán para abrir un foro que responda a estos problemas en espacios a los que todos tienen acceso.

Como en años previos, estos proyectos y la participación del público funcionará como una herramienta para documentar y fungir como un archivo histórico útil de las complejidades sociales, ambientales y políticas de la zona, tanto para el público local como para el internacional.
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AKI AORA 2019 Edition 3 : AKA YA/HERE ALREADY
Public Programme - 1st - 8th March 2019, Tulum.

Dear friends, we´re excited to announce and invite you to the third edition of AKI AORA!

This year’s edition will be curated by artist Sally Montes and London-based Guest Curator Sasha Galitzine. We have invited back Nabil Yanai, Liz Misterio and Unx from Invasorix collective (MEX) to build on their research from last year and are excited to welcome new residents: Wendy Cabrera Rubio (MEX) and Josué Mejía (MEX), Fallen Fruit (USA) and Sebastian Terrones (MEX). In addition we have some fabulous speakers and performers during our public programme including Esther Regueira (Curator, Writer, ESP), Alyssa Nitchun (Curator, Writer USA), Interspecifics Artists and participants of AKI AORA 2018 (MEX), as well as Benjamin Lee Ritchie Handler,  (Artist, USA) and S. Beckett Gookin (USA), Cristo Zoe (Biologist, México) and  Dr. Vicente Hernández Hernández (Astrophysicists from Sayab Planetarium of Playa del Carmen).

AKA is derived from the Spanish word acá meaning “here” and ya meaning “already” or “ready”, it can also be used to say ¨enough!¨ as in ya basta!

This edition: ‘AKA YA’ proclaims assertively that we are ‘here already’ an immediate response to the HERE and NOW that AKI AORA´s name has consistently implied since its first edition in January 2017.

We are interested in questioning the systemic imbalance that has manifested in the region as a means to understand the impact and challenges the ever more displaced community faces.

For the 2019 edition we are inviting artists to consider guerrilla tactics in their work as well as the Anthropocene in order to respond to the recent expansion of slow and invisible violence that has come with the promise of economic growth, progress and ‘well being’ as implied by buzzwords and ‘aspirational’ branding with terms like ‘eco-chic’ while simultaneously disrupting the region´s biodiversity.

Guerilla tactics, in military terms has implied a small group of insurgents, often using low-tech counter-resistance strategies, to infiltrate the system. Our artists will consider such tactics to give voice to local concerns, working with local collaborators and site-specific research in order to decode the poetics and aesthetics of disruption and include and encourage conversation amongst the public.

Due to the nature of these themes, the residency´s programme will be developed with a focus on public space. The local sports arena, expo - feria, the cultural community centre, local market and the streets in front and around the municipality, will be activated by our artists and used as an open forum to respond to these issues in spaces where everyone has access. These spaces have obvious functions in the daily lives of the locals, we are inviting the artists to rethink the use of this space and to invite collaboration and interaction.

It will be exciting to see how working largely with Mexican artists, who understand many of the cultural reference points whilst using their time at the residency to learn from the specificities of the Tulum local context, can collaborate and continue this conversation with the residents of Tulum for this edition. 

As in previous years, these projects and public engagements will work as a tool to document and serve as a historical archive of the current social, environmental and political intricacies of the area for both the local and international public.


More about AKI AORA

AKI AORA is derived from the Spanish words AQUI and AHORA, meaning HERE and NOW. We are a platform for cultural dialogue and reflection on current global events and an annual research programme for emerging artists conceived in Tulum, Mexico by artist Sally Montes who grew up in the local 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.

Over the last two editions AKI AORA has hosted 18 participating artists, musicians and guest speakers, including Paloma Contreras Lomas and Rodrigo Garcia/Biquini Wax EPS. (MEX), Nabil Yanai Salazar and Una Pardo/ Invasorix (MEX), Mario Garcia Torres (MEX), Blake Shaw (USA), Rogelio Sosa (MEX), Ahmet Ögüt (TUR), Robin Kahn (USA), John Arnold (USA), Jacob Kirkegaard (DEN),  Taus Makhacheva (RUS), Leslie Garcia and Paloma Lopez/Interspecifics (MEX), Baby Vulture (MEX), Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (USA), Pantha du Prince (GER), Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky (USA), Mariana David (MEX) and Nika Chilewich (USA).