Public Programme - 1st - 10th March 2019, Tulum.

This year’s edition will be curated by Founder Sally Montes and Guest London-based curator Sasha Galitzine. This year’s invited artists are Nabil Yanai, Liz Misterio and Unx from Invasorix collective (MEX), Wendy Cabrera Rubio (MEX) and Josue Mejía (MEX), Fallen Fruit (USA) and Sebastian Terrones (MEX). Guest speakers and performers for the public programme include Esther Regueira/ Manifesta Biennial (Curator, Writer, Spain), Alyssa Nitchun Creative Time, Curator, Writer (USA), Interspecifics Artists and participants of AKI AORA 2018 (MEX), Benjamin Lee Ritchie Handler, Artist (USA), Beckett Gooking (USA) and Dorothee Dupree (MEX) (TBC).

AKA is derived from the spanish word acá meaning here and ya meaning ¨already¨ or ¨ready¨ and 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 buzz ‘aspirational’ branding like the term ‘eco chic’ while simultaneously disrupting the region´s biodiversity.

The tensions in Tulum between the locals and foreign investments impacting on the environment will be investigated largely by Mexican emerging artists and collaborators who are more familiar with the complexities of the context. 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, using 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 in public space. The local sports arena, the community center, expo - feria, cultural community centre, local market and the streets in front and around of 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.

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

AKI AORA 2019 Edition

AKI AORA 2019 Edition